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Special Issue Title:

Cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care: current challenges and novelties

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022

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  • Guest Editor

    Dr. Marko Zdravkovic, MD, PhDE-MailWebsite

    Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Management, University Medical Center Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia

    Interests: airway management, haemodynamics, pain management, cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care, paediatric anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, medical education, equity and equality

Special Issue Information

There have been major advances in the practice of cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care over the last 20 years. Fast track surgery, prehabilitation, increased complexity of the surgical procedures and development of new surgical techniques require constant evolution of the perioperative care in practice. Some of the ongoing challenges include improving perioperative outcomes in the elderly, obese and/or frail patients. Also, during the COVID-19 pandemic many centres experienced a significant reduction in the number of operations performed which already negatively affects public health. Thus organisational and logistical improvements to increase the number of surgeries are of growing interest.


This special issue aims to cover topics related to the current challenges in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care, including novel approaches to perioperative management of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. Educational topics are also encouraged.


We look forward to original research articles, reviews of the challenging topics and novelties in the field. We will also accept up to 1 case report/series and 1-2 opinion papers reflecting on the much needed future developments of the field.


cardiac anaesthesia, thoracic anaesthesia, intensive care, education, innovation, perioperative medicine, healthcare, outcomes, challenges

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online by submit system. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Original articles, case reports or comprehensive reviews are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Signa Viate is an international peer-reviewed open access journal published by MRE Press. As of January 2021, Signa Vitae will change to a bimonthly journal. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1200. We normally offer a discount greater than 30% to all contributors invited by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor (GE) and Editorial board member. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

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Published Papers (3 papers)

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Regional anesthesia for cardiothoracic surgery

Polona Gams,Juš Kšela,Maja Šoštarič

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2022.064

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care: current challenges and novelties)

Abstract ( 4761 ) PDF (3.79 MB) ( 578 ) Full Text

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Simulation in cardiac surgery: current evidence

Joana Berger-Estilita,Ana Beatriz Noronha,Katharina Goltz,David Berger,Robert Greif

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2023.034

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care: current challenges and novelties)

Abstract ( 2340 ) PDF (1.73 MB) ( 197 ) Full Text

Open Access Special Issue

Perioperative right ventricular dysfunction in adult patients undergoing non-complex cardiac surgery: diagnosis and management

Andreja Möller Petrun,Marko Zdravkovic,Robert Berger,Denis Sraka,Dusan Mekis

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2023.047

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care: current challenges and novelties)

Abstract ( 2282 ) PDF (2.32 MB) ( 332 ) Full Text

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