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Here you will find videos on Emergency chest reopening. This is a complex process that occurs infrequently on the CVICU. When it does need to be done, it frequently has to be performed rapidly.

It is essential for all staff working on the CVICU to be familiar with this procedure and how to achieve it efficiently. Effective team work is essential.

Emergency chest reopening simulation

This short video shows staff in the CVICU responding to a patient who deteriorates post operatively with tamponade, during a multidisciplinary simulation based training day.

Emergency Case Cart

Stage 1 - Scrubbing for emergency chest reopening

Emergency Case Cart

Stage 2 - The emergency case cart

Emergency Case Cart

Stage 3 - The equipment