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The practice of anesthesiology is as much “art” as it is science (1). We recognize that there is not one right way of doing things and different methods and techniques may work equally as well as those suggested here. The authors offer this material as a suggested method for conducting anesthesia for a variety of routine and complex cardiac, cardiovascular and thoracic operations in adult patients. The methods chosen have been compiled from “common themes” that comprise manuals and guidelines from the contributing institutions, with significant editing and addition of evidence-based practice as seen and practiced by the authors, We do not imply or suggest that there is consensus on all aspects of this manual.
We have tried to avoid using trade names in this Manual, instead referring to medications and equipment by their generic names. In some cases, generic alternatives do not exist. Mention or discussion of medications, equipment or supplies by either generic or trade name does not represent an endorsement of the product by the SCA.
The original content of the SCA Manual is derived from manuals that were written at various academic medical centers. We could not possibly include or even review all the existing manuals in existence at member institutions. Most of the manuals contain very similar material and cover the same topics. In fact, the similarity between the manuals far exceeds the dissimilarity. The SCA Manual represents a “blend” of many of these multi-author manuals. Finally, many SCA members reviewed the early versions of the Manual and made significant additions and contributions to the current form. Therefore, we acknowledge and thank all named and anonymous contributors for their efforts.
|Paul Kazanjian, MD|
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
|Michael P. Eaton, MD|
University of Rochester
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