Changes to the way cardiothoracic surgical services are organised and delivered in England will bring substantial benefits for patients suffering from conditions such as blocked arteries, lung cancer, and heart valve disease.
Among the core recommendations are:
- more efficient bed management by ensuring surgery on the day of admission is delivered routinely for cardiothoracic patients, helping reduce delays and time spent in the hospital
- ring-fencing beds on intensive care units (ITU) and general wards for the care of cardiothoracic patients
- sub-specialisation for certain critical procedures
- the use of less invasive thoracic surgery known as VATS (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery) for lung resection surgery
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