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Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc. 2010 Apr-Jun;25(2):166-71.

Complications that increase the time of Hospitalization at ICU of patients submitted to cardiac surgery.

[Article in English, Portuguese]

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UFMG, UniversityPresidente Antonio Carlos, Juiz de Fora, MG,Brazil.



To show the complications that increase the permanence at intensive care unit (ICU) of the patients submitted to cardiac surgery.


Eighty-five handbooks of patients submitted to cardiac surgery had been analyzed, retrospectively, from March to May 2009 at Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Juiz de Fora (MG)--Brazil--and 14 (16.47%) patients had been studied. They remained more than 5 days at ICU. In 85 patients occurred three deaths: two patients operated in urgency character and this increases the morbidity; one patient who remained in mechanical ventilation (MV) by 21 days.


Complications that had increased the time of hospitalization at ICU had been respiratory and metabolic in accordance with literature.


Complications that increase the time of permanence at ICU are those related to respiratory function, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tabagism, pulmonary congestion, time of permanence under MV, diabetes, infections, renal insufficiency, stroke and hemodynamic instability.

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