Table 4

General recommendations for peri-operative care after cardiac surgery

Optimize pre-operative risk factors*Limit use of vasopressors
Limit duration of CPB and cross-clamp time as technically feasibleMaintain normothermia
Judicious volume resuscitationRoutine use of H2B or PPI
  • *See each chapter for relevant pre-operative risk factors.

  • CPB, cardiopulmonary bypass; H2B, histamine-2 receptor blockers; PPI, proton pump inhibitor.