The perioperative management of patients with coronary artery stents: Surveying the clinical stakeholders and arriving at a consensus regarding optimal care

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  • Background: The perioperative management of patients with a coronary artery stent is a major patient safety issue currently confronting clinicians. Surgery on a patient on antiplatelet therapy creates the following dilemma: is it better to withdraw the drugs and reduce the hemorrhagic risk or to maintain them and reduce the risk of a myocardial ischemic event? Methods: An electronic survey was used to sample a cross-section of local clinicians regarding the perioperative management of patients with an indwelling coronary artery stent. The reiterative Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making model was applied by an institutional task force with representation from anesthesiology, cardiology, primary care medicine, and surgery. Results: Significant disagreement existed among the multidisciplinary survey respondents regarding various aspects of the perioperative management of patients with indwelling coronary artery stents. Conclusions: We clarified the perioperative risk factors for coronary stent thrombosis and an alternate process for immediate access to a cardiac catheterization laboratory at our institution. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.
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    Author List

  • Vetter TR; Boudreaux AM; Papapietro SE; Smith PW; Taylor BB; Porterfield JR
  • Start Page

  • 453
  • End Page

  • 461.e2
  • Volume

  • 204
  • Issue

  • 4