Authors: Cathy Liddle, senior lecturer (clinical skills and simulation), Birmingham City University
THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT
- The importance of patient education before an operation
- A step by step guide on pre-operative care
- The different stages for preparing patients for surgery
YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:
- Pre-operative care
- Informed consent
IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?
This article will be valuable when you are preparing patients for surgery as it is a practical guide to the procedures you will need to follow. Some patients may require special consideration, including children and those with mental health issues or learning disabilities. This article explains the importance of following local and national and local guidelines. It explains the importance of patient’s privacy, dignity and comfort, before and after surgery.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR
- How do you prepare patients with religious requirements, for example if they refuse to remove hair around the incision site?
- Are there different requirements for different types of surgeries?
STUDENT NT DECODER
- Postoperative care: is the care and support required after surgery to promote healing and recovery.
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- ·Pulmonary embolism: is a sudden blockage in an artery leading to the lungs, most often caused by a blood clot.
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