Due to growing costs, there is an increasing trend towards earlier release for many surgical patients. Because of this, there is a real need to learn about preoperative and postoperative care. By studying this course, you can learn about preoperative and postoperative care and become better able to provide the important nursing care that is needed.
To complete this course, you must do the following:Read the Overview and Course Objectives.Study the Terminology.Read the course material.Complete the Learning Activity.Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.
The material is organized around the following categories:IntroductionPreoperative Patient CareGuidelines to Establish Baseline DataPromoting Patient Understanding of the Surgical ExperiencePre-surgical Preparation ProceduresPreoperative ProceduresPostoperative PreparationsPostoperative PrioritiesMonitoring Postoperative ConditionsPotential Postoperative ComplicationsEasing Postoperative PainPromoting RecoveryWound HealingPatient's Participation in Postoperative CareConclusion
The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of preoperative and postoperative nursing care.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:State the goals and priorities of preoperative nursing care.State the priorities in a patient's preparation for emergency surgery.Name three types of medication that may be prescribed preoperatively, and the desired effects of each.State priorities in postoperative nursing care.State five possible causes of cardiac arrest following surgery.State five elements of the discharge plan.