Using clinical pathways in patients undergoing cardiac valve surgery.

  • DR Z
  • Raffa M
  • Brown K
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Abstract

Clinical pathways--a standard of practice for the care of a certain population of patients--have been used to improve patients' care and use of resources, resulting in cost containment. In this article, the authors describe a clinical pathway for cardiac surgery patients, review protocols used together with this pathway, and present 2 case studies.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Aged
  • Bowel and Bladder Management
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Critical Path
  • Documentation
  • Extubation
  • Heart Valves -- Surgery
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Middle Age
  • Mitral Valve -- Surgery
  • Multidisciplinary Care Team
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Nursing Protocols
  • Physical Activity
  • Postoperative Care
  • Postoperative Complications -- Prevention and Cont
  • Pressure Ulcer -- Prevention and Control
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Risk Assessment
  • Treatment Outcomes
  • Walking

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Authors

  • Zevola DR

  • M Raffa

  • K Brown

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