Learn More About Enhancing Outcomes for Cardiothoracic Patients
ClearFlow is advocating for the establishment of Standards and Guidelines to encourage active maintenance of chest tube patency in the first 24 hours post-surgery. To that end, we’ve developed several educational programs intended to help improve outcomes and promote healing in your cardiothoracic patients.
Continuing Education Course
Enroll in the free, one hour Continuing Education Course to gain insights into current clinical strategy risks and alternatives that can be employed to positively impact clinical outcomes and reduce cost of care for cardiac surgery patients.
Optimizing Chest Drainage After Cardiac Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach
Take part in the e-Learning series to learn more about chest tube occlusion and retained blood, plus learn important strategies in preventing post-operative complications following cardiac surgery.
1.0 hours Continuing Education Units
- Jill Ley MS, RN, CNS, FAAN
- Clinical Nurse Specialist, Surgical Services; California Pacific Medical Center
- Clinical Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF
- Identify the incidence and features of chest tube clogging in cardiac surgical patients
- Describe potential short and long-term adverse outcomes associated with clogged tubes and Retained Blood Syndrome (RBS)
- Review the evidence behind strategies used to promote chest tube patency
- Discuss the role of Activated Clearance Technology in maintaining chest tube patency and its impact on patient outcomes
Chest drainage was first proposed as a treatment by Hippocrates in the 3rd century BC for the treatment of empyema. However, the technique was not widely used until the influenza epidemic of 1917 when chest tubes were used as a standard means of treating post- pneumonic empyema.The use of chest tubes was first reported for post-operative thoracic care in 1922, and in World War II where they were regularly used post-thoracotomy. Today, chest tubes are routinely placed following cardiac surgery to remove blood and fluid from around the heart and lungs.
Still, despite over 50 years of clinical use, there are no standard clinical guidelines or best practices in place to maintain chest tube patency and reduce post-operative complications after cardiac surgery.