The key to successful weaning from CPB is communication, a little patience, checking and rechecking the parameters summarized in Figure 6.2 and choosing the best drug as summarized in Table 6.3.

Selected Readings

1. Tinker J. Weaning from Bypass. ASA Refresher Course 1995, lecture 111.

2. Clark R. Cardiopulmonary bypass and thyroid hormone metabolism. Ann Thoracic Surgery 1993; 56:535-42.

3. Schwinn D. Anesthesia and neurotransmitters—A clinician's view. ASA Refresher Course 1995, lecture 124.

4. Hines R. New cardiotonic drugs. ASA Refresher Course 1997, lecture 124.

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