Fast-tracking in pediatric cardiac surgery - The current standing

Alexander J.C. Mittnacht, Ingrid Hollinger

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Fast-tracking in cardiac surgery refers to the concept of early extubation, mobilization and hospital discharge in an effort to reduce costs and perioperative morbidity. With careful patient selection, fast-tracking can be performed in many patients undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease (CHD). In order to accomplish this safely, a multidisciplinary coordinated approach is necessary. This manuscript reviews currently used anesthetic techniques, patient selection, and available information about the safety and patient outcome associated with this approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-101
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010


  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congenital heart surgery
  • Early extubation
  • Fast-tracking


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