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Table 2 Comparison of postoperative and 6-month outcome

From: Resternotomy does not adversely affect outcome after left ventricular assist device implantation

  Overall (n = 112) Resternotomy (n = 24) Primary sternotomy (n = 88) p value
Postoperative
 RVAD 6 (5.4) 1 (4.2) 5 (5.7) 1.00
 Re-exploration 23 (20.5) 6 (25.0) 17 (19.3) 0.57
 Duration of invasive ventilation (h) 362.13 (619.6) 403.29 (536.8) 350.91 (642.7) 0.68
 Tracheostomy 36 (32.1) 9 (37.5) 27 (30.7) 0.53
 ICU stay (day) 18.9 (27.7) 17.3 (23.7) 19.4 (28.8) 0.72
 Hospital stay (day) 43.7 (35.0) 45.2 (37.3) 43.3 (34.7) 0.82
6-Month
 Survival 65 (58.0) 12 (50.0) 53 (60.2) 0.37
 Hospitalizations 0.9 (1.2) 0.5 (0.9) 1.0 (1.2) 0.11
 Hospital stay (day) 12.9 (27.6) 4.3 (8.4) 14.8 (29.9) 0.24
 Sternal wound infection 3 (4.6) 1 (8.3) 2 (3.8) 0.46
 Overall infection 14 (21.5) 1 (8.3) 13 (24.5) 0.34
  1. RVAD right ventricular assist device, ICU intensive care unit