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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.

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