Post Operative Education For A Coronary Artery Bypass

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Post-Operative Education for a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patient
Aleks J. Perrin
Remington College School of Nursing
Post-Operative Education to a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patient
One of the most frightening medical diagnoses a patient can receive from a physician is a malfunctioning heart, a diagnosis that will eventually lead to death if correction of the issue is not attempted. The heart supplies the entire body with oxygenated blood in addition to requiring its own supply of oxygen rich blood. This is why coronary arteries are vital to the hearts ability to pump. A final option to correcting non-patent coronary arteries is a surgical procedure, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Every year approximately 450,000 patients have CABG surgery in the United States (Mullen-Fortino & O 'Brien, 2008). Based on continuing healthcare trends, more and more people each year are having coronary artery issues causing the need for CABG surgery to rise. Also patient demographics are changing, they are older, sicker, coronary artery blockage / damage is more extensive, and likely have a decrease in functioning of the hearts ventricles (Sidebotham, McKee, Gillham & Levy, 2007). The nursing profession not only has a critical role in caring for these patients, but also in teaching and educating them before and after the procedure. Education and teaching has been implemented into evidence-based practice for years to facilitate better patient outcomes. The goal of this literature…
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