POSTOPERATIVE NURSING care typically focuses on re-establishing the patient’s physiological equilibrium, minimising the development of complications and alleviating pain (Farrell and Dempsey 2014). Many factors influence the degree of postoperative pain that the patient experiences, including the nature of the surgical procedure undertaken, the extent of the surgical trauma and the type of anaesthesia that was administered intraoperatively. Effective management of acute pain is crucial,because severe uncontrolled pain leads to negative outcomes such as increased oxygen consumption, elevated blood pressure,difficulty with deep breathing and coughing exercises, delayed wound healing and a predisposition to infection (Farrell and Dempsey 2014).
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Nursing Standard: promoting excellence in nursing care|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Jul 2017|