Post Operative Education For A Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patient

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Post-Operative Education to 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 scariest medical diagnoses a patient can receive from a physician is, their heart is not functioning properly. A malfunctioning heart will eventually lead to death if correction of the issue is not attempted. The heart supplies the entire body with oxygenated blood but also needs 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 malfunctioning 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, have more extensive coronary artery blockage / damage, and likely have poorer functioning ventricles of the heart (Sidebotham, McKee, Gillham & Levy, 2007). The nursing profession has a critical role in caring for the patients but also teaching and educating them before and after any procedure. Education and teaching has been implemented into evidence-based practice for years to facilitate better patient

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