"Cardiothoracic surgery continues to evolve rapidly. The latest advances are being provided to patients of all ages, some very elderly and with extensive disease. The cardiothoracic surgical (CTS) critical care for these patients is increasingly challenging with new medications, protocols, and advanced technology. The complexity of care requires a multi-disciplinary team. With the progressive national shortage of critical care physicians, nurses and other intensive care personnel, multi-disciplinary educational programs are essential to provide the latest information and training in CTS critical care."

Delos M. Cosgrove, MD
CEO & President, Cleveland Clinic

"A new specialty of cardiothoracic surgical [CTS] critical care has emerged as a reflection and a result of the unique physiologic changes and unique complications associated with cardiothoracic surgery, and the rapid evolution in the care of CTS patients. The specialty crosses the disciplines of medicine and surgery and involves a spectrum of health care professionals."

Nevin M. Katz, MD
President, FACTS-Care, Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, Nov. 2007

"Traditionally, perfusionists have worked primarily in the operating room. With the increasing use of circulatory assist devices and ECMO in the ICU, perfusionists are now an integral part of the ICU team providing care to the cardiac surgical patient. It is key that all members of the multi-disciplinary team share a basic understanding of the management principles and technology used."

David Palanzo, CCP
Executive Director, American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion

"The importance of the multi-disciplinary team has never been greater in cardiothoracic surgical care than it is today. The impact of landmark advances in technology, an aging patient population, shortages of nurses, pharmacists, technologists, intensivists and other healthcare professionals adds to the ever present challenges. Only through a skilled, collegial team that works together with humility and respect will outstanding care and outcomes be realized by our patients and their families."

Connie Barden, CCRN
Past President, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

"I second the effort to put together specialists from different disciplines. I hope you can consider me a founding member of this society among many others."

Claudio Ronco, MD
Director, Dept of Nephrology Dialysis & Transplantation, San Bortolo Hospital, Vicenza, Italy

"I fully support the formation of a CTSCC Society. We practice in a very specialized environment. We can surely provide important support, information, teaching, in such an organization. Count on me as a future member."

Edwin Weeks, MD
Departments of Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, NYU Medical Center

"The latest advances in cardiothoracic surgery are progressively being provided to elderly patients with advanced disease and other complex medical problems. The complexity of cardiothoracic surgical (CTS) critical care with its innovative protocols and advanced technology requires a multi-disciplinary team. The new advances in CTS critical care combined with the progressive national shortage of intensive care physicians and nurses make it essential that educational programs are available to provide the latest information and training to the multi-disciplinary teams."

Douglas J. Mathisen, MD
Professor and Division Head of Thoracic Surgery Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

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