Secure online access to Cleveland Clinic's specialists for over 1,200 medical diagnoses, nutritional consultation and pre-adoption advice

Cleveland Clinic News  The latest from our experts

Take These Steps for Safety When You’re Having Heart Surgery


Heart SurgeryContributor: Douglas Johnston, MD

Patient safety is a major concern in any hospital setting and in cardiac and vascular surgery it underlies every action we take, every day.

We use very specific and standardized rules to ensure that patients receive the correct treatments and procedures and that they have the best outcome possible.

If you are going to have heart surgery, be sure to ask about the hospital’s safety procedures and checklists. Doctors and nurses should be asking you questions, taking your medical history and helping you get safely into and out of the operating room, through recovery and ultimately, back home. Learn more.