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Acute Dissection of the Aorta: A Review for Nurses

Nauer, Kathleen A. RN, BSN

Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: May 2000 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 20–27
Innovations In Cardiovascular Nursing

This article will review important elements involved in caring for the patient experiencing an acute dissection of the aorta. The etiology and classification system, signs and symptoms, diagnostic methods, indications for operation, circulatory arrest/deep hypothermia, surgical techniques, and complications of surgery will be discussed.

Service Coordinator, Cardiovascular Service, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Nauer)

The author acknowledges Elise Cohen, RN, MPM, for manuscript preparation and editing, Dr Stephen Strelec and Dr Jose Marquez for their assistance with the circulatory arrest and deep hypothermia protocol, and Denise Lewkowicz, CRNA, MSN, for consultation contributions.

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