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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.

  • Agenda

  • 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:

  • Introduction
  • Preoperative Patient Care
  • Guidelines to Establish Baseline Data
  • Promoting Patient Understanding of the Surgical Experience
  • Pre-surgical Preparation Procedures
  • Preoperative Procedures
  • Postoperative Preparations
  • Postoperative Priorities
  • Monitoring Postoperative Conditions
  • Potential Postoperative Complications
  • Easing Postoperative Pain
  • Promoting Recovery
  • Wound Healing
  • Patient's Participation in Postoperative Care
  • Conclusion

    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.

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