Perioperative care

Carl L. Backer, John M. Costello, Jason M. Kane, Constantine Mavroudis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Better results of congenital heart surgery procedures in recent years can be explained by several factors. These factors are preoperative preparation, intraoperative care, routine postoperative care, and dealing with postoperative complications. Preoperative preparation refers to a careful history and physical examination before the surgical procedure. In intraoperative care, selection of the monitoring devices placed in the operating room for observing patients’ condition is taken care of. After the surgery, monitoring and transporting of patients to the ICU and conditions such as patients’ airway and breathing, cardiovascular system, renal system, nutrition, and possible infection among others are carefully managed. Postoperative complications such as low cardiac output, pulmonary dysfunction, and renal failure are meticulously assessed and monitored. In general, constant attention to detail before, during, and after the procedure is the key to optimal surgical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Cardiac Surgery
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781118320754
ISBN (Print)9781405196529
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac surgery
  • Complications
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Heart disease
  • Medication
  • Perioperative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Perioperative care'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this