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FROM THE EDITOR  
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129
From cardio pulmonary bypass to ECMO, mechanical assist devices, quality control and decrease in 30 day mortality in cardiac anaesthesia - are we nearer our goal?


Chief Editor, Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Cardio Neuro Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Date of Web Publication2-Apr-2015
 

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Kapoor PM. From cardio pulmonary bypass to ECMO, mechanical assist devices, quality control and decrease in 30 day mortality in cardiac anaesthesia - are we nearer our goal?. Ann Card Anaesth 2015;18:129

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Kapoor PM. From cardio pulmonary bypass to ECMO, mechanical assist devices, quality control and decrease in 30 day mortality in cardiac anaesthesia - are we nearer our goal?. Ann Card Anaesth [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 Jun 21];18:129. Available from: https://www.annals.in/text.asp?2015/18/2/129/154458


Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Welcome to the spring - 2015 issue of " Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia (ACA)" , which is committed to producing medical journalism in cardiac anaesthesia that meets the highest standards. The objective is to inform, delight and illuminate the readers. We are pleased to announce the starting of our "ACA Blog" at the journal website www.blog.annals.in, giving an interactive forum to its readers and providing new information and added resources.

The blog of Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia brings to you for the first time some thoughts and Points to Ponder on "Heart to Heart Blog for Interesting Images" . It would be nice if these articles initiate a serious exercise of introspection on how to achieve the best images in different clinical situations and eventually lead to new directions in which the cardiac anaesthesia community will surge ahead in the years to come. This site will continue to expand over the next several months. Thus, I seek the participation of every member of cardiac anaesthesia fraternity. Please contribute, interact and do your bit by sharing and making ACA reading a satisfying experience. The reputation of IACTA, the respect accorded to our manuscripts in the journal and the professional carrier of all our cardiac anaesthesia readers depends on upholding shared scientific values.

Reading the two thought inspiring editorials and original article with commentary on 30 day mortality from illuminating faculty that the cardiac anesthesiologists have progressed from CPB, ECMO, and VAD to Quality control and long term follow up, provide a safety niche to cardiac anaesthesia practice.

The soul and sole mission of cardiac anesthesiologists today is to have a " Safe Patient Outcome" despite cardiac surgical trauma! . The expert editorials, original articles, such as pulmonary Hypertension and Pregnancy and for the first time in cardiac anaesthesia literature "Simulation for ECMO" cause an adrenalin rush in the readers! The latter and a video commentary by a renowned cardiac surgeon on "Percutaneous ECMO in Heart failure" is a "Must Read" in this issue. Read on all the articles to imbibe the gutsy qualities of these authors to zoom the highway for successful patient outcomes.

In most institutes, world over, ECMO and VAD practices in cardiac patients are taking great strides at the hospital OR, ICU, and cath labs - despite their complications of bleeding, infection and thrombosis rearing its head to rankle and rattle in nearly 30% of patients. But rather, than being scared of putting it in the first place at the right time and behaving like a shrinking violet, we physicians owe it to our patients to stay our fears and use this tool judiciously for the right indication like "Pre shock and Heart Failure" in our patients! As author Ernest Hemingway said "Cowards die a thousand deaths, but the brave only die once" . ECMO and VAD in the cardiac patient is an act of scientific bravery. Brimming with faith we must consider, the use of ECMO in Preshock, Cardiogenic shock, STEMI and heart failure as a bridge to VAD, towards "safe patient outcome" with quality control. We the cardiac anesthetists are near our goal of safe patient outcomes.

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Correspondence Address:
Prof. Poonam Malhotra Kapoor
Chief Editor, Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Cardio Neuro Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9784.154458

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