Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support (CALS): Guideline Implementation from A to Z
Learning ObjectivesAt the completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Review programmatic components of the CALS guideline and evidence supporting modifications to ACLS in postoperative cardiac surgical arrests.
- Identify important issues and key stakeholders in implementing changes to postoperative resuscitation guidelines, and develop strategies to gain departmental and institutional support for CALS.
- Discuss CALS implementation strategies across varied organizations, from community hospitals to academic medical centers, including credentialing of non-physician providers in performing resternotomy.
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Experienced cardiac surgical teams recognize the limitations of advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) and work around it but often without defined protocols, resulting in confusion and delays that jeopardize patient safety and place nurses at risk. A guideline for more appropriate resuscitation has been endorsed by the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery; this technique emphasizes the immediate defibrillation or pacing before external compressions, the elimination of epinephrine, and rapid re-sternotomy. Introducing a new standard of care that has yet to be embraced by U.S. organizations poses unique challenges, and approval through surgical departmental channels is required.
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