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2020 Sep 09

Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth

Incorporation of the Transverse Thoracic Plane Block Into a Multimodal Early Extubation Protocol for Cardiac Surgical Patients.


Cardinale JP, Latimer R, Curtis C, Bukovskaya Y, Kosarek L, Falterman J, Tatum DM, Trusheim J
Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2020 Sep 09:1089253220957484.
PMID: 32907499.


The aim for early extubation remains an important goal in cardiac surgical patients. Therefore, employment of a multimodal approach to pain management that includes a transverse thoracic plane block was retrospectively examined at a single-center tertiary care hospital on the effects of time to extubation, opioid consumption, and length of stay in patients undergoing cardiac surgery via median sternotomy.