The word “surgery” makes us apprehensive, as we contemplate the potential risks and complications. But did you know, that post-operative care is as essential as the surgery itself as it mitigates a number of those very risks?
Why is post operative care important?
Post surgery, you are prone to infections and surgery-related complications, such as bleeding at the surgical site, the formation of blood clots and even respiratory problems.
Doctors recommend various measures as post-surgical care depending on your condition, the type of surgery you’ve undergone and how successful the surgery was. It begins right after your surgery and its period may vary, based on your doctor’s advice and the nature of your recovery.
Post-surgical care involves two major facets to it:
- Medical care (addressed to by a professionally trained nurse)
- Assistance with activities of daily living (carried out by the nursing attendant(s)/nursing aide(s), under the supervision of a professional nurse)
So the hierarchy created is thus: The nursing attendant reports to a professional nurse who in turn reports to the patient’s physician/surgeon.
Post operative care by Home Health Nurses
Post-surgical care needs to continue in a structured manner once the patient is back home. Depending upon the technicality of care to be administered, nurses and nursing attendants at home play a very crucial role in the post-surgery recovery phase.
Immediately after a patient is brought home, a nurse’s roles, among others, may entail the following tasks, to ensure patient’s quick recovery:
-Post operative dressing and wound management
-Stitch removal and drain care
-Home IV antibiotic therapy
-Bed Sore Care
-Chemo port flushing
-Diet monitoring and nutritional counselling
-Patient education and family counselling
Role of Nursing Care Attendants in Post Operative Care
Working in tandem with nurses and under their supervision, are nursing attendants who assist the patients with their non-medical everyday activities. Their roles are primarily designed around:
-Trained assistance with activities of daily living such as feeding, personal grooming, bathroom activities etc.
-Monitoring vitals, and reporting any fluctuations to the supervising nurse
-Administration of oral medication
-Checking basic body parameters as blood pressure monitoring, sugar check, etc.
-Assistance with ambulation and mobility exercises
For the lack of training or adequate time, family members are unable to tend to the patient full time. Here, passing on caregiving duties such as assistance with activities of daily living to nursing care professionals eases the onus on them. Also, this ensures that the patient gets the care they need.
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With HealthCare atHOME’s Post-Surgical Care atHOME, you can rest assured that you will get personalized high-end post-surgical care by highly trained, certified and experienced home health nurses and health care attendants.
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