Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
May 2000, Volume 23 Number 1 , p 20 -
This article will review important elements involved in caring for the patient experiencing an acute dissection
of the aorta. The etiology and classification system, signs and symptoms, diagnostic methods, indications for
operation, circulatory arrest/deep hypothermia, surgical techniques, and complications of surgery will be discussed.
Key words: aortic dissection, circulatory arrest, deep hypothermia, Type A dissection, Type B dissection