The impact of open to collaborative care model in cardiovascular surgical unit

Hsing Ying Wu, Heng Sheng Chao, Hsin Chin Shih, Chun Che Shih, Shi Chuan Chang*

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Background When compared with open care model, a closed one improves patient care in intensive care units (ICUs), mixed ICUs, surgical ICUs and trauma centers. We wanted to evaluate the benefit of a collaborative care model in highly specialized cardiovascular care unit. Methods This study was a retrospective, observational study conducted in the cardiovascular care unit of a teaching hospital. All patients who were above 20 years old and had received cardiovascular operation were enrolled for data collection and analysis. Results A total of 270 subjects were enrolled for analysis during the 2-year study period. In the collaborative care model, the CVSU length of stay (p = 0.001) and CVSU-free days (p = 0.0008) were significantly better than those in an open care model. Discussion The collaborative care model improved postoperative outcome in the cardiovascular surgical unit for those needing prolonged ICU care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-69
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Chinese Medical Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018


  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Collaborative care model
  • Intensive care unit
  • Intensivist
  • Open care model


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