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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2012 Apr;14(4):474-5. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivr138. Epub 2012 Jan 9.

Current practice of antiplatelet and anticoagulation management in post-cardiac surgery patients: a national audit.

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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester, UK. sharathhosmane@gmail.com

Abstract

The Audit and Guidelines Committee of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery recently published a guideline on antiplatelet and anticoagulation management in cardiac surgery. We aimed to assess the awareness of the current guideline and adherence to it in the National Health Service through this National Audit. We designed a questionnaire consisting of nine questions covering various aspects of antiplatelet and anticoagulation management in post-cardiac surgery patients. A telephonic survey of the on-call cardiothoracic registrars in all the cardiothoracic centres across the UK was performed. All 37 National Health Service hospitals in the UK with 242 consultants providing adult cardiac surgical service were contacted. Twenty (54%) hospitals had a unit protocol for antiplatelet and anticoagulation management in post-cardiac surgery. Only 23 (62.2%) registrars were aware of current European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery guidelines. Antiplatelet therapy is variable in the cardiac surgical units across the country. Low-dose aspirin is commonly used despite the recommendation of 150-300 mg. The loading dose of aspirin within 24 h as recommended by the guideline is followed only by 60.7% of surgeons. There was not much deviation from the guideline with respect to the anticoagulation therapy.

PMID:
22235003
PMCID:
PMC3309823
DOI:
10.1093/icvts/ivr138
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