CORONARY ARTERY SURGERYGraft quality verification in coronary artery bypass graft surgery how, when and why?Kieser, Teresa M. Author Information Department of Cardiac Sciences, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Correspondence to Teresa M. Kieser, MD, PhD, FRCS, FACS, Cardiac Surgeon, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Room C814, Foothills Medical Centre, 1403, 29th St NW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 2T9. Tel: +1 403 944 8449; fax: +1 403 944 8495. e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Cardiology: November 2017 - Volume 32 - Issue 6 - p 722-736 doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000452 Buy Erratum Metrics Abstract Purpose of review The coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) operation is one of the few remaining operations/interventions on diseased arteries that are not routinely verified during or immediately after the procedure. This review answers the ‘how’, ‘when’ and ‘why’ of intraoperative CABG assessment. Recent findings More recent than new literature on this topic, is the increased interest in quality assurance of CABG. This is most likely due to reports in the last 5 years suggesting CABG superiority to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for improved mid-term and long-term outcomes; for example, for patients with diabetes mellitus (Freedom Trial by Farkouh in 2012), and for patients with SYNTAX score ≥ 33 (SYNTAX Trial by Mohr in 2013). Possibly CABG is re-emerging from the era-of-better-and-better-stents and is now deemed worthy of improvement. Summary In order to fully compliment PCI, the operative major adverse cardiac event rate of CABG must rival that of PCI. In order to reduce technical errors, it is best practice to perform intra-operative assessment of bypasses, especially since we have the tools. Erratum In Volume 32 Issue 6, the article, ‘Graft quality verification in coronary artery bypass graft surgery: how, when and why?’ , has an incorrect Figure 3c. Figure 3 should instead appear as follows: 5+ images The record is hereby corrected. Current Opinion in Cardiology. 33(1):121, January 2018. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.