Major themes for 2013 in cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia and intensive care.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

There has been significant progress throughout 2013 in cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia and intensive care. There has been a revolution in the medical and interventional management of atrial fibrillation. The medical advances include robust clinical risk scoring systems, novel oral anticoagulants, and growing clinical experience with a new antiarrhythmic agent. The interventional advances include left atrial appendage occlusion for stroke reduction, generalization of ablation techniques in cardiac surgery, thoracoscopic ablation techniques, and the emergence of the hybrid ablation procedure. Recent European guidelines have defined the organization and practice of two subspecialties, namely general thoracic surgery and grown-up congenital heart disease. The pivotal role of an effective multidisciplinary milieu is a central theme in both these clinical arenas. The anaesthesia team features prominently in each of these recent guidelines aimed at harmonizing delivery of perioperative care for these patient cohorts across Europe. Web-Enabled Democracy-Based Consensus is a system that allows physicians worldwide to agree or disagree with statements and expert consensus meetings and has the potential to increase the understanding of global practice and to help clinicians better define research priorities. This "Democratic based medicine", firstly used to assess the interventions that might reduce perioperative mortality has been applied in 2013 to the setting of critically ill patient with acute kidney injury. These advances in 2013 will likely further improve perioperative outcomes for our patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gutsche, JT; Riha, H; Patel, P; Sahota, GS; Valentine, E; Ghadimi, K; Silvay, G; Augoustides, JGT

Published Date

  • 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 79 - 87

PubMed ID

  • 25024989

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4095834

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2282-8419


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Italy