Is left ventricular decompression necessary during coronary artery surgery?

E. J.P. Charrette, T. A. Salerno

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The use of the 'no-vent technique' was studied prospectively in 91 consecutive patients undergoing coronary artery surgery. Analysis of the results indicates that left ventricular distension will not occur if cardioplegic arrest is effected, if the venous line is positioned in the right atrium and if left-sided pressures are monitored. The no-vent technique has shortened the operating time, simplified the pump layout and eliminated the hazards associated with venting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-122
Number of pages2
JournalCanadian Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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