RETAINED BLOOD SYNDROME: AN OVERVIEW
Identified after years of research by leading cardiothoracic surgeons and other medical professionals, Retained Blood Syndrome (RBS) is the composite of drainage-related complications following cardiothoracic surgery.
RBS complications can occur at any stage of recovery and may include hemothorax, pericardial tamponade, bloody pleural or pericardial effusion, postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF), acute kidney injury and stroke.
Historically, each of the complications have been diagnosed and treated separately. Medical experts now realize that the common root cause is the pooling of blood and other fluids in the chest cavity.