A 10-year retrospective review of penertrating intracardiac injuries referred to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital

Darshan Reddy, David Muckart



The project consists of a retrospective, observational study with the intention of analyzing the inpatient data of all patients with penetrating intracardiac injuries admitted to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery over a 10-year period (from July 2003 to July 2012).  The data will be collated from existing electronic case records, including radiographic imaging, surgical operation records, and follow-up records.  Sub-group analysis will be based on presenting factors, radiographic investigations, patterns of injury and technical aspects of the surgery undertaken.  Follow-up data (where available) will be included in the analysis.