Perioperative dexmedetomidine improves mortality in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery

Fuhai Ji, Zhongmin Li, J Nilas Young, Peter G Moore, Hong Liu

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Objective This study retrospectively investigated the effect of dexmedetomidine on outcomes of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Design Retrospective investigation. Setting Patients from a single tertiary medical center. Participants A total of 724 patients undergoing CABG surgery met the inclusion criteria and were categorized into 2 groups: 345 in the dexmedetomidine group (DEX) and 379 in the nondexmedetomidine group (Non-DEX). Interventions Perioperative dexmedetomidine was used as an intravenous infusion (0.24 to 0.6 μg/kg/hour) initiated after cardiopulmonary bypass and continued for less than 24 hours postoperatively in the intensive care unit. Measurements and Main Results Major outcome measures of this study were in-hospital, 30-day and 1-year all-cause mortality, delirium and major adverse cardiocerebral events. Perioperative dexmedetomidine infusion was associated with significant reductions in in-hospital, 30-day, and 1-year mortalities, compared with the patients who did not received dexmedetomidine. In-hospital, 30-day, and 1-year mortalities were 1.5% and 4.0% (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 0.332; 95% CI, 0.155 to 0.708; p = 0.0044), 2.0% and 4.5% (adjusted OR, 0.487; 95% CI, 0.253 to 0.985; p = 0.0305), and 3.2% and 6.9% (adjusted OR 0.421; 95% CI, 0.247 to 0.718, p = 0.0015), respectively. Perioperative dexmedetomidine infusion was associated with a reduced risk of delirium from 7.9% to 4.6% (adjusted OR, 0.431; 95% CI, 0.265-0.701; p = 0.0007). Conclusion Dexmedetomidine infusion during CABG surgery was more likely to achieve improved in-hospital, 30-day, and 1-year survival rates, and a significantly lower incidence of delirium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-273
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


  • coronary artery bypass graft
  • delirium
  • dexmedetomidine
  • mortality
  • outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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