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April 14, 1975

Feasibility of Open Heart Surgery in a Community Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery (Drs. Khazei, Ihm, Sejdinaj, and Powers) and medicine, Division of Cardiology (Dr. Fard), Sherman Hospital, Elgin, and Loyola University (Dr. Khazei), Maywood, Ill.

JAMA. 1975;232(2):154-156. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250020028019

A program for open heart surgery in one community hospital was formulated and put into practice. Experience gained indicates that such services are a necessity in hospitals that fulfill certain criteria. The program is safe and inexpensive. A house staff is not a prerequisite. Finally, the analysis of data obtained from the first 100 cases compares very favorably with results in large medical centers, indicating that the patient's recovery is not compromised.

(JAMA 232:154-156, 1975)