Fast-Tracking and Regional Anesthesia in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Congenital Heart Surgery

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Abstract

Early extubation and adequate postoperative pain control are central components of fast-tracking pediatric patients undergoing congenital heart surgery (CHS). The term fast-tracking is typically associated with the multidisciplinary approach to decreasing morbidity and costs associated with prolonged hospital length of stay. Planning an anesthetic for fast-tracking CHS patients typically includes the use of short-acting anesthetic drugs and, frequently, the use of regional and in particular neuraxial anesthesia techniques. This chapter will focus on the anesthesiologist’s role in fast-tracking pediatric patients undergoing CHS, including anesthetic management, patient selection, and risks and benefits of such an approach.

Keywords

Catheter Heparin Morphine Fentanyl Ketamine 

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  1. 1.AnesthesiologyIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA

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