Study: Cerebral oximetry monitoring linked to fewer complications after cardiac surgery

Monitoring cardiac surgery patients' cerebral oximetry levels may lead to reduced surgical complications and 30-day readmissions, according to a study published in the Harvard Health Policy Review Jan. 7.

For the study, David Theodoro, MD, chairman of the cardiovascular medicine department at St. Louis-based SSM Health, and Robert Palmer, chairman, president and CEO of healthcare analytics company PotentiaMetrics, analyzed 10,778 surgical cases conducted at seven U.S. cardiac centers to determine whether the use of cerebral regional oximetry monitoring technology influenced surgical outcomes.

Regional oximetry is a noninvasive technology used to monitor and alert clinicians about reduced oxygen levels in a patient's brain. Based on the 10,778 surgical cases, Dr. Theodoro and Mr. Palmer determined patients who underwent cardiac surgery with cerebral regional oximetry monitoring had fewer complications, and were less likely to undergo a permanent stroke, renal failure or prolonged mechanical ventilation.

The group of patients that received surgery with cerebral regional oximetry monitoring also boasted a lower rate of 30-day readmissions.

"The results of this analysis indicate that rSO2 monitoring during cardiac surgery can favorably impact patient outcomes and quality of life while leading to substantial cost savings," Dr. Theodoro and Mr. Palmer concluded.

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