Little basis to current sternal precautions

Telling all patients to minimise trunk and arm movements after cardiothoracic surgery with median sternotomy may not be the best practice, say speakers at today’s CSANZ meeting in Melbourne.

“Going in through the sternum is the most commonly-used incision for cardiac surgery worldwide, yet there’s a lot of inconsistency with what patients should and shouldn’t be doing after surgery,” says Dr Doa El Ansary of the University of Melbourne.