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CABG outcomes similar when performed by residents, attending surgeons

May 5, 2015

Outcomes in patients who underwent CABG were similar whether the procedure was performed by a cardiac surgery resident or an attending surgeon, according to a prospective analysis of the ROOBY trial presented at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting.

The ROOBY trial included 2,203 patients enrolled across 18 Veterans Affairs medical centers. The present analysis focused on 1,272 patients randomly assigned to on-pump (n = 633) or off-pump CABG (n = 639). Outcomes and 1-year graft patency were assessed according to whether the primary surgeon who performed the majority of distal anastomoses was a supervised resident or an attending surgeon. Secondary endpoints included clinical outcomes in the short term and at 1 year.

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