Management of common postoperative complications and conditions

Javier J. Lasa, Paul A. Checchia, Ronald A. Bronicki

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The care of neonates, infants, children, and adults with acquired and congenital heart disease (CHD) recovering from cardiac surgery presents one of the most complex and rapidly evolving challenges for the cardiac intensive care provider. Successful pediatric cardiac surgery requires a comprehensive, well-coordinated team-based mode of care delivery that incorporates a broad knowledge base with efficient and sound clinical judgment. Management of the postoperative patient should reflect a firm understanding of acquired heart disease and CHD, cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, surgical interventions, cardiopulmonary bypass, advanced technical skills, and pharmacology. This chapter aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the care of the postoperative patient with a focus on complications and those evidence-based management strategies that can minimize the morbidity and mortality experienced in the postoperative period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCritical Heart Disease in Infants and Children
ISBN (Electronic)9781455707607
ISBN (Print)9781455751006
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Cardiopulmonary interactions
  • Complications
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Low cardiac output syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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