Quality, patient safety, and the cardiac surgical team

Elizabeth A. Martinez

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After more than a decade of attention, the risks inherent in cardiac surgery have been well documented, but examples of effective interventions to reduce this risk remain scarce. The need is great, because the patient population is vulnerable and the potential consequences of poor outcomes are ever present and significant. This article reviews a decade of discussion surrounding quality and safety issues in cardiac surgery, and concludes with examples of strategies that have shown great promise for improving cardiac surgery quality and safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-268
Number of pages20
JournalAnesthesiology clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac surgery
  • Collaboratives
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Interventions
  • Patient safety
  • Quality
  • Registries
  • System redesign

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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