A single-donor fibrin sealant system was used in 689 thoracic and cardiovascular surgical procedures over the 4-year period between April 1, 1985, and March 31, 1989. An excellent overall success rate ( 646 689, 94% effective) was achieved with specific applications, including reduction of leakage of air ( 29 33, 88% effective), blood ( 595 634, 94% effective), and fluid ( 14 14, 100% effective), as well as positioning of anatomical structures such as coronary bypass grafts ( 8 8, 100% effective). Application methods included use of spray bottles ( 477 497, 96% effective), syringes ( 165 186, 89% effective), and a Silastic cannula through the flexible fiber-optic bronchoscope ( 4 6, 67% effective). The system was used in a wide variety of cardiac, pulmonary, esophageal, and vascular procedures to seal staple lines, suture lines, anastomoses, conduits, fistulas, and raw surfaces. No complications with this single-donor system secondary to blood-borne disease have been documented. Overall infection occurred at a nominal rate ( 16 689, 2%). Thus, fibrin sealant has been a useful tool to control the leakage of air, blood, and fluid during a wide variety of thoracic and cardiovascular procedures and may be of benefit to other surgeons.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine