The patient becomes almost totally dependent on the health care team during the surgical experience—even for basic needs such as breathing and life support—while under the influence of anesthesia. The preoperative briefing is typically led by the obstetrician/surgeon. ), 6. ), 19. Prepare a latex-safe environment, include latex-safe supply cart and crash cart. When communicating with older adult patients, be aware of any auditory, visual, or cognitive impairment that may be present. Indeed, a surgeon’s success was based on speed. Procedure Check the guidelines or standard procedure of your unit for closed-suctioning system. Instruct AP on proper precautions for these delegated procedures as needed. The surgeon may place a transparent sterile drape directly over the skin before making an incision. B Bleeding tendencies or the use of medications that deter clotting, such as aspirin or products containing aspirin, heparin, or warfarin sodium. (Removes accumulation of hair from razor and prevents contamination from dirty water. The CCU cares for over 1500 patients annually. Mucus and anesthesia by-products may be trapped in the lung, causing atelectasis and pneumonia. A GI lavage solution, GoLYTELY (an isosmotic solution), rapidly evacuates the bowel. 9. Dry skin. ), a. Review of the patient’s current medication regimen is essential. Within a specified patient room, terminal cleaning should start with shared equipment and common surfaces, then proceed to surfaces and items touched during patient care that are outside of the patient zone, and finally to surfaces and items directly touched by the patient inside the patient zone (Figure 9). Assessing the patient’s experience helps identify those at risk for a systemic reaction; for example, patients may relate stories of complicated anesthesia events, hives from blowing up a balloon, or severe swelling of the labia with a urinary catheterization. • Older adults undergoing surgery have higher morbidity and mortality rates than younger people. AP may obtain vital signs, apply nasal cannula or oxygen mask, and provide basic comfort and hygiene measures. 1. • Fear of disruption of life patterns relates to surgery and recovery interfering in varying degrees with activities of daily living, social activities, work, and professional activities. Men are the decision makers and support the family; therefore speaking with the male head of the family may be necessary. Russian-American patients often prefer an amiable nurse who has a friendly smile. The witness (often a nurse) does not verify that the patient understands the procedure. The patient can expect an environment that is safe, clean, and quiet to provide optimal healing. Occasionally telephone permission may be obtained. The skills of sterile gowning and gloving can be delegated to a surgical technologist or the nurse who has acquired the proper skills. • Fear of pain or inadequate postoperative analgesia is common. Surgery is performed for various purposes, including diagnostic, ablation (amputation or excision of any body part or removal of a growth or harmful substance), palliative (therapy to relieve or reduce uncomfortable symptoms without cure), reconstructive, transplant, constructive, and cosmetic (Table 2-1). PRE-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PATIENTS One day before your surgery, you will receive a phone call from the APU staff to instruct you on what time to arrive for surgery. Provide appropriate equipment and supplies and ensure patients have the means to call for assistance when needed. ), 13. Before bowel surgery, medication (neomycin, sulfonamides, erythromycin) may be given over a period of days to detoxify and sterilize the GI tract. Patient Safety is a health care discipline that emerged with the evolving complexity in health care systems and the resulting rise of patient harm in health care facilities. In some institutions, the surgical consent is completed in the physician’s office or in the admissions department before the patient is admitted to the unit. • Older adults are usually more susceptible to infections. Postoperative care is the care you receive after a surgical procedure. Take extreme care when shaving the older adult. A cleansing enema or a general laxative is frequently used. The number of people involved in the procedure is not something the nurse can necessarily control. It outlines the responsibilities of nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists, and clerical staff, and covers the areas of admission and pre-op consultations, on time starts, and patient flow. Apply cloth barrier to patient’s arm under a blood pressure cuff. • Administer prophylactic treatment with steroids and antihistamines preoperatively. Describe the role of the circulating nurse and the scrub nurse during surgery. Risk factors include the following: • History of anaphylactic reaction of unknown etiology during a medical or surgical procedure, • Multiple surgical procedures (especially from infancy), • Food allergies (specifically kiwi, bananas, avocados, chestnuts), • A job with daily exposure to latex (health care, food handlers, tire manufacturers), • History of reactions to latex (balloons, condoms, gloves). Explain procedure, and instruct patient in the correct use of the spirometer. A Russian-American patient is more willing to follow instruction if the nurse providing it is sincere, competent, and trustworthy. The briefing reviews the plan ahead for patient care and the risks or concerns so that everyone has a shared mental model. (Prevents growth of microorganisms and possible infections from skin impairment. Latex-allergy patient (suspected or known allergic response). ABCDE Mnemonic Device to Ascertain Serious Illness or Trauma in the Preoperative Patient. Each agency or facility should have policies and protocols regarding the timing, the method, and the people responsible for the preoperative skin preparation of surgical patients. Patients can have oral care while NPO, but caution them not to swallow fluids used. See Table 2-2 for frequently used surgical terminology. Herbal medications may also increase bleeding times or mask potential blood-related problems. Flag the front of the patient’s chart to alert all health care providers to the allergy status. However, surgeons generally order hair removal only if it might interfere with exposure, closure, or dressing of the surgical site. If family members object to surgery that the physician believes is essential, a court order may be obtained for the procedure. • Fear of loss of control is associated primarily with anesthesia. Medical management is often preferred unless a condition is life threatening. In a tall, healthy young man, a tidal capacity of 4300 mL is not uncommon. Surgery may decrease a patient’s appetite and alter metabolic functions, so observe the patient for signs of malnutrition. In many hospitals, perioperative nurses assess a patient’s health status preoperatively, identify specific patient needs, teach and counsel, attend to the patient’s needs in the OR, and then follow the patient’s recovery. Provide teaching at the older adult’s level of understanding. (Removes hair close to skin surface. • Coordinating the patient’s preparation for surgery requires the critical thinking and knowledge application unique to a nurse. Use latex-free measures to prepare the patient’s medication. Among Arab-Americans, verbal consent often has more meaning than written consent because it is based on trust. Witnesses are required to meet the state’s legal requirements. No special pharmaceutical protocols are required. Once the patient is in the OR, scrub the skin thoroughly with a detergent solution and then apply an antiseptic solution to kill more adherent and deeper-residing bacteria. • Fear of the unknown may result from uncertainty about the surgical outcome or a lack of knowledge regarding the surgical experience. However, it may be the nurse’s responsibility to follow up and promote proper technique. The type of postoperative care you need depends on the type of surgery you have, as well as your health history. If patients say they are allergic to a drug, ask them exactly what happened when they took it. There is debate about the best method to remove hair. If the patient does not understand English, an interpreter can explain information presented. Shave small areas while holding skin taut. Before surgery, patients require a thorough health assessment. Intubated patients should have a HEPA filter inserted between the bag-valve-mask breathing device and the patient. Explain the procedure for turning, deep breathing, coughing, and leg exercises for postoperative patients. AP can reinforce and assist patients in performing postoperative exercises. Risk of hemorrhage may increase due to intubation. However, it may be the nurse’s responsibility to follow up and promote proper technique. A wet cloth on the lips helps relieve dryness. Small children may be easily frightened by this procedure, and it may need to be done in the OR. Adjust lighting. Orient the patient and family to their surroundings through a 2-way exchange of information. For example, a patient who smokes cigarettes may have impaired alveoli and reduced lung capacity. Frequently the respiratory therapist will do this. Safer anesthetic gases allowed surgeons to conduct longer operative procedures. ), 10. Recovery is affected by the level of mental functioning, individual coping ability, and the availability of support systems. Russian-American families usually have a principal patriarch. ), 8. Assess patient’s respiratory status and lung sounds. The Patient Care Services Policy and Procedure Manual contains over 270 evidence-based policies and procedures, sample forms, and documents for assisting with development of a customized manual for the care of patients in a Critical Care Unit, Med-Surg Unit and Telemetry/Progressive Care Unit. To assist patients in returning to their optimal level of health, nursing assessments and appropriate interventions should be ongoing (see Life Span Considerations box). Reinforce that vital signs, dressings, and tubes are assessed every 15 to 30 minutes until the patient is awake and stable. worker wears gloves. Know agency policy and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The preoperative anxiety level influences the amount of anesthesia required, the amount of postoperative pain medication needed, and the speed of recovery from surgery. However, age is no longer a factor for determining the benefit an individual can achieve from a surgical procedure. (Seeks cooperation and decreases anxiety. (Prepares equipment for procedure. The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards set expectations for organization performance that are reasonable, achievable and surveyable. 3. Explain the concept of perioperative nursing. Additional preoperative questions identify allergies, past surgeries, and infection and disease history. Rationale: Critically ill patients may have life-threatening changes in their condition; remove an invasive line or self-extubate quickly. Shaving the hair before surgery creates microscopic cuts that increase the risk of surgical site infection. • Prepare a latex-safe environment, include latex-safe supply cart and crash cart. Shave small areas while holding skin taut. b. All allergies are reported to anesthesia and surgical personnel before the beginning of surgery. For surgical procedures that have potential long-term effects, support groups can offer support preoperatively. • Fear of detection of cancer produces a high anxiety level. high-risk conditions for surgery. ), 8. Record anything unusual and report it to the surgeon. Repeat and reinforce directions. Insertion, technique and care 88 Surgical wound care 93 Ulcer prevention. A Allergy to medications, chemicals, and other environmental products such as latex. Prepare the patient for painful procedures, and develop a care plan to prevent pain. ), 4. Hospital Admission Procedure includes preparation of admitting patient, perform admission procedure, emergency admission, Routine admission, transfer in and discharge. a. 3.02 Cleaning a Patient Unit (1) Assemble the equipment in the utility room and take it to the patient unit. ), 14. The United States is a nation of diverse individuals from different social, economic, religious, ethnic, and cultural origins. The patient will be protected from infection and cross contamination according to Infection Control and Han… As nursing practice is coordinated across the continuum of care, policies are consistent for all caregivers no matter the healthcare setting. Skin preparation for surgery on various body areas. Even geographic location affects the way a patient responds to surgery. Instruct patient to completely cover mouthpiece with lips (use a noseclip if patient is unable to breathe through the mouthpiece) and to (a) inhale slowly until maximum inspiration is reached, (b) hold breath 2 or 3 seconds, and (c) slowly exhale (see illustration). ), 3. Wash hands and, if appropriate, don clean gloves. 2. The patient is expressive regarding pain; pain may cause intense fear. (Organizes procedure. Review agency policy and the patient chart to determine the area to be shaved (Figure 2-2). The Patient’s Bill of Rights affirms that patients must give informed consent (permission to perform a specific test or procedure) before the beginning of any procedure. For example, patients who have had coronary artery bypass grafting are sent directly to the critical care unit. Remove and dispose of soiled gloves and wash hands. Indications for spirometry are (a) asymmetric chest wall movement, (b) increased respiratory rate, (c) increased production of sputum, and (d) diminished lung expansion postoperatively. Latex allergy is classified in three categories: irritant reaction and types IV and I allergic reactions. For example, a patient who smokes cigarettes may have impaired alveoli and reduced lung capacity. • Native Americans are often stoic when ill. • Fear of anesthesia may include fears of unpleasant induction of or emergence from anesthesia. the patient's physical and emotional condition and for patient-centered conversation to promote good interpersonal relationships. However, it is important to know the purposes and actions of drugs, since they may be critical for patients with diseases such as diabetes. • Use of the patient’s language helps put an anxious patient at ease. Diabetes increases susceptibility to infection and may impair wound healing from altered glucose metabolism and associated circulatory impairment. Surgical procedures may also be labeled as either major or minor, although all surgeries have an element of risk. 2. Differentiate among general, regional, and local anesthesia. Know agency policy and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Keep a latex-safe supply cart available in patient’s area. ), a. When patients with known or suspected COVID-19 infection need to be transported: Transport patients only for procedures and studies deemed essential for patient care. Care of the patient with an endocrine disorder, Patient who enters setting, has surgical procedure, and is discharged on the same day (e.g., breast biopsy, cataract extraction, hemorrhoidectomy, scar revision), Patient who enters hospital and undergoes surgery on the same day and remains for convalescence (e.g., carotid endarterectomy, cholecystectomy, mastectomy, vaginal hysterectomy), Patient who is admitted to hospital, undergoes surgery, and remains in hospital for convalescence (e.g., amputation, heart transplant, laryngectomy, resection of aortic aneurysm), Involves extensive reconstruction or alteration in body parts; poses great risks to well-being (e.g., coronary artery bypass, colon resection, gastric resection), Involves minimal alteration in body parts; often designed to correct deformities; involves minimal risks compared with those of major procedures (e.g., cataract extraction, skin graft, tooth extraction), Performed on basis of patient’s choice (e.g., bunionectomy, plastic surgery), Necessary for patient’s health (e.g., excision of cancerous tumor, removal of gallbladder for stones, vascular repair for obstructed artery [e.g., coronary artery bypass]), Must be done immediately to save life or preserve function of body part (e.g., removal of perforated appendix, repair of traumatic amputation, control of internal hemorrhaging), Surgical exploration that allows physician to confirm diagnosis; may involve removal of tissue for further diagnostic testing (e.g., exploratory laparotomy [incision into peritoneal cavity to inspect abdominal organs], breast mass biopsy), Excision or removal of diseased body part (e.g., amputation, removal of appendix, cholecystectomy), Surgery for relief or reduction of intensity of disease symptoms; will not produce cure (e.g., colostomy, debridement of necrotic tissue), Restoration of function or appearance to traumatized or malfunctioning tissue (e.g., internal fixation of fractures, scar revision, breast reconstruction), Replacement of malfunctioning organs (e.g., cornea, heart, joints, kidney), Restoration of function lost or reduced as result of congenital anomalies (e.g., repair of cleft palate, closure of atrial-septal defect in heart), Alteration of personal appearance (e.g., rhinoplasty to reshape nose). • Fear of separation from the usual support group may arise because the patient is separated from spouse, family, or significant others, as well as other support groups, and is cared for by strangers during this highly stressful period. It aims to prevent and reduce risks, errors and harm that occur to patients during provision of health care. Testing before surgery depends on the institution’s policies, the physician’s directives, and the patient’s condition. Place prescribed incentive spirometer at the bedside. The patient’s privacy will be respected. It includes reviewing patient information, procedure, indications, risk, medical history, fetal status, and type of anesthesia. The type IV allergic reaction to latex is a cell-mediated response to the chemical irritants found in latex products. ), 7. Overview. (Provides basis for care. Before surgery the patient may have hair removed at the surgical site. chapter 2 • Do not use latex preparation on IV bags. ), 15. Reassure the patient and significant others that the pain will be controlled. Preoperative routines, sequence of events, Transfer to operating room (time, checking procedures), Recovery room or postanesthesia care unit, Anticipated treatments (e.g., intravenous line, dressing changes, incentive spirometry), Pain medication routines (timing sequence, “as needed” [prn] status), other modalities of management such as patient-controlled analgesia and patient-controlled epidural. • The skills of sterile gowning and gloving can be delegated to a surgical technologist or the nurse who has acquired the proper skills. Also emphasize that a nurse will be with the patient throughout the entire surgical experience. This process double checks what patients heard and how they interpreted it. Most gloves are powdered to make them easier to put on. The powder absorbs protein allergens from the latex and deposits them on skin and into surgical wounds; it also aerosolizes the protein allergens. In the 1840s the discovery of anesthesia allowed surgeons to operate on a patient who was pain free. Remove all natural rubber latex products from the area. In some cases, the patient showers after hair removal, unless contraindicated, using an antiseptic soap such as Hibiclens. If the surgical procedure involves the head, neck, or upper chest area, the patient also shampoos the hair. ), 11. Ask patients about their use of herbal remedies, either as dietary supplements or as medicines. D Diabetes mellitus, a condition that not only requires strict control of blood glucose levels but is also known to delay wound healing. Discuss the factors that influence an individual’s ability to tolerate surgery. Patiently and actively listening to the patient, the family, and significant others invites confidence and helps reduce anxiety levels (Figure 2-1). In some instances, the patient may not be admitted to the hospital until early on the day of surgery. • Fear of change in body image and mutilation is not unusual. Acute or chronic diseases hinder the body’s ability to repair itself or adjust to surgical treatment. Traditionally, surgical procedures were performed in hospitals. Discuss considerations for the older adult surgical patient. • Among Arab-Americans, verbal consent often has more meaning than written consent because it is based on trust. Taking this into account, all procedures involving COVID-19 patients, are carried out bedside in a negative-pressure room in the intensive care unit. Older patients tend to recover more slowly from surgery compared with younger patients. Most gloves are powdered to make them easier to put on. Clear liquid may be taken up to 3 hours before surgery. In an emergency, the patient may not be able to give consent for surgery. d. Assess and document skin condition before transferring patient to the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). Large numbers of medications increase the chance of interactions. physician and surgeon, determines whether these medications should be taken the day of surgery and postoperatively. • Inpatient: Patient hospitalized for surgery, • One-day (same-day surgery): Patient admitted the day surgery is scheduled and dismissed the same day, • Outpatient: Patient, not hospitalized, admitted either to a short-stay unit or directly to the surgical suite (sometimes referred to ambulatory surgery), • Short-stay surgical center (“surgicenter”): Independently owned agency; surgery performed when overnight hospitalization is not required (also called ambulatory surgical center or one-day surgery center), • Short-stay unit: Department or floor where a patient’s stay does not exceed 24 hours (sometimes referred to as outpatient/observation unit), • Mobile surgery units: Units that move from place to place; go to the patient instead of the patient traveling to the unit. Discuss the initial nursing assessment and management immediately after transfer from the postanesthesia care unit. However, age is no longer a factor for determining the benefit an individual can achieve from a surgical procedure. Place patient in semi-Fowler’s or full Fowler’s position. 1. • For Vietnamese-American patients, having an interpreter (often a hired one) is important, depending on the sensitivity of the subject under discussion, because of modesty. Differentiate among general, regional, and local anesthesia. Check for any personal articles left by the patient and turn... (3) Strip the bed. Polypharmacy (concurrent use of multiple medications) occurs in all age-groups but is more common with older adults. In addition to nursing and medical personnel, ministerial staff, social workers, or patient advocates can provide support for patients and families during this stressful time (see Patient Teaching box). (Health care facilities frequently require a medical order for incentive spirometry. Preoperative Considerations for Commonly Ingested Herbs, Subsequent interference with hepatic metabolism of certain anesthesia medications, May reduce effectiveness of medications used to treat hypotension, Has anticoagulation factors; potential for increased bleeding, Preoperative assessment should include clotting studies, May increase anesthetic agent requirements, Potential for hypoglycemia in patients taking insulin or oral diabetes agents, May potentiate sympathetic nervous system stimulants, leading to cardiac complications, May increase effects of certain antiemetics, Potential for serious liver damage and subsequent decreased hepatic metabolism of certain anesthetic agents, Potential for hypokalemia and associated cardiac dysrhythmias, Should not be used with other psychoactive drugs, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or serotonin reuptake inhibitors, Discontinue before surgery because of possible drug interactions, Should not be used with sedatives or anxiolytics, May increase effects of central nervous system depressants. 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