This study reports on whether treatment with β-blockers, statins, or both before cardiac surgery is associated with a reduction in the risk of adverse events after surgery.
Gonzalez et al determine whether increased mortality at low-volume hospitals performing cardiovascular surgery is a function of higher postoperative complication rates or of less successful rescue from complications. Kao provides commentary in an invited critique.
This anonymous, voluntary, electronic survey sought to characterize the techniques of vein graft preservation and handling among a large cohort of high-performing US cardiovascular hospitals.
This cohort study investigates whether a program that focuses on 8 major guideline-recommended risk-management therapies reduces cardiovascular and limb events in patients with peripheral arterial disease.
The retrospective data analysis indicates that postoperative mortality rates among individuals with HIV who are receiving antiretroviral therapy are low and are influenced as much by hypoalbuminemia and age as by CD4 cell status.
Hawn et al determine whether prophylactic antibiotic timing is associated with surgical site infection (SSI) occurrence. In an invited critique, Neumayer provides commentary.
This single-center study of patients undergoing vascular surgery determines the association between kidney disease and long-term postoperative cardiovascular-specific mortality.
This study reports that participants found interprofessional simulations to be realistic and a valuable educational tool in learning nontechnical skills for emergency situations. Farmer provides a related invited commentary.
In a retrospective cohort study using national Veterans Affairs patient-level data for operations between 2005 and 2009, Richman et al determine whether adherence to the original or revised Surgical Care Improvement Project perioperative β-blocker continuation measure is associated with decreased adverse events. See the Invited Commentary by Britt.
This comparative effectiveness analysis assesses the association between the implementation of surgical safety checklists and all-cause 90- and 30-day mortality among patients undergoing noncardiac surgery.