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Current Status of Cardiovascular Anesthesia in China

Lu, Jiakai, MD*; Wang, Weipeng, MD; Cheng, Weiping, MD*; Chen, Lei, MD; Huang, Jeffrey, MD; Ethridge, Chris, A., MD§; Huang, Jiapeng, MD, PhD

doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002051
Cardiovascular Anesthesiology: Special Article

High quality and safe cardiac anesthesia is a prerequisite for success in cardiac care. Cardiac surgery has developed rapidly over recent years in China. Because of language barriers, the current status of cardiac anesthesia in China is not well known to Western countries. To assess practice patterns, volume, workforce, and training requirements of Chinese cardiovascular anesthesiologists, we surveyed 92 major cardiovascular centers in China regarding their anesthesia practice, monitoring techniques, resources, staffing, and work hours. We aim to provide a review of the history, new developments, and a current cross section of cardiac anesthesia practice patterns in China. The goal is to allow Western readers to understand the unique achievements and challenges in Chinese cardiovascular anesthesiology, thus promoting further communications with Chinese cardiovascular anesthesiologists.

Published ahead of print May 4, 2017.

From the *Department of Anesthesiology, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood Vessel Diseases, Beijing, People’s Republic China

Department of Anesthesiology, Fuwai Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Science, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Anesthesiologists of Greater Orlando, Orlando, Florida

§Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

KYOne Health and Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.

Published ahead of print May 4, 2017.

Accepted for publication January 30, 2017.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Reprints will not be available from the authors.

Address correspondence to Jiapeng Huang, MD, PhD; and Jiakai Lu, MD, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, University of Louisville, Jewish Hospital, 200 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, KY 40202; and Department of Anesthesiology, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood Vessel Diseases and Anzhen Hospital, 2 Anzhen Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Address e-mail to jiapenghuang@yahoo.com; and lujiakai620@163.com.

© 2017 International Anesthesia Research Society
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