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Transoesophageal echocardiography in routine cardiac surgery

Chris J Cokis and John Faris
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (12): 650.
Published online: 21 June 2004

To the Editor: We report a case in which routine use of transesophageal echocardiography (TOE) during cardiac surgery almost certainly prevented a patient’s death. This is important, as the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has recently decided that TOE during routine coronary artery cardiac surgery should not attract a Medicare benefit as there is no Level 1 or 2 evidence of its efficacy.1

  • Chris J Cokis
  • John Faris

  • Royal Perth Hospital, Wellington St, Perth, WA 6000.

Correspondence: ccokis@health.wa.gov.au

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