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Meeting Presentation: Findings from this study were presented at the 102nd American Association of Thoracic Surgeons 2022 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
Disclosures: Dr. Donald S. Likosky receives research funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R01HS026003 AHRQ) and the National Institutes of Health (R01HL146619) and serves as a consultant for the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology. Dr. Donald S. Likosky receives partial salary support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to advance quality in Michigan in conjunction with the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative. Dr. Francis D. Pagani is an ad hoc, non-compensated scientific advisor for Medtronic, Abbott, FineHeart, and CH Biomedical and a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for Carmat and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute PumpKIN Study. Keith D. Aaronson has consulting relationships with Medtronic (honoraria) and Abbott (honoraria). Dr. Ailawadi is a consultant for Abbott. Dr. Stewart is receiving full salary support from the Veterans Affairs (VA) as a National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) research fellow at the University of Michigan. The views of this manuscript do not represent the VA.
Funding for this study was provided by the Frankel Cardiovascular Center McKay Grant fund and the Anderson Heart of a Champion Prize. The project was also supported by an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality career development award (MPT, K01HS027830).
James W. Stewart II, MD is funded through the Veterans Affairs as a National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) research fellow. Results and discussion from this study does not represent the view of the Veterans Affairs.
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- Commentary: Time to Move Beyond the Operating RoomSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
- PreviewOutcomes after cardiac surgery have steadily improved in recent decades because of advances in surgical techniques, less-invasive approaches, perioperative management, and enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols.1 Nevertheless, cardiac surgical practice patterns vary widely and have a considerable impact on patients’ early and long-term outcomes.2 In the United States, skilled nursing facilities (SNF) have become increasingly available and used to support frail or high-risk patients who undergo cardiac surgery and are safely discharged.