The Need for Development of Cardiothoracic Intensive Care in Nigeria
A, Etiuma, A. Eshiet, I. Ilori, O. Bassey
There is global increase in the prevalence of cardiovascular and
thoracic cases and this trend includes Nigeria. Thoracic trauma is
common in Nigeria and contributes to high mortality primarily or
secondarily in traumatized patients. The specialty of Cardiothoracic and
Vascular Surgery is developing in many teaching hospitals in Nigeria.
Their major limitation is equipment especially in the aspect of
specialized intensive care unit to handle such highly skilled and
technologically based patient care. This paper highlights the present
situation in Nigeria and the urgent need to develop Cardiothoracic
Intensive Care units in teaching hospitals with cardiothoracic and
vascular surgical services. It is also aimed at stimulating interest and
discussion towards the development of high standard intensive care units
in Nigeria and serves as a source of information to government and all
health planners at the tertiary level.