Retained Blood Syndrome (RBS) – the composite of drainage-related post-cardiothoracic surgery complications – is detrimental to patient outcomes and may include hemothorax, pericardial tamponade and bloody pleural or pericardial effusions. RBS can affect anyone at any stage of recovery.
The crucial hours post-surgery make every bit of difference to the recovery of your patients. So why rely on a common chest tube to evacuate blood and fluids from a surgical site? Fact is, more than one in three cardiac surgery patients suffers from a blocked tube.
What’s worse, the majority of blockages are intrathoracic, therefore invisible to bedside providers. Failure to clear the catheter leads to adverse Retained Blood Syndrome (RBS) complications such as life threatening tamponade, pleural effusion, hemothorax, even infection due to tube manipulation.
See how RBS may be impacting LOS and CABG mortality rates at your institution.