Perioperative nursing (SA15) Flashcards

1
Q

What is the purpose of post op management?

A
  • Recover patient from anaesthesia
  • Prevent/manage post-op complications
  • Identify new problems rapidly
  • Ensure patient welfare
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2
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Why does the procedure performed need to be included in a handover?

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  • Recovery nurse can understand possible complications and considerations
  • Considerations and requirements written on patient records
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3
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When do most anaesthetic deaths occur and what is important to manage and reduce this?

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  • Recovery period
  • Important to record progression of recovery
  • Report concerns quickly
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4
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What does the recovery nurse need to ensure in preparation for removing an ET tube?

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  • Check cuff in deflated
  • Tie removed
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5
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When should the ET tube be removed in dogs?

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  • When gag/cough reflex returns
  • When dog first swallows
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6
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When should the ET tube be removed in cats and rabbits? Why?

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  • Just before gag/cough reflex returns
  • Reduce risk of laryngospasm
  • When ear twitch reflex returns on cats
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7
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How should patients be positioned during recovery?

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  • Does not restrict airway or breathing
  • Lateral recumbency with head and neck extended
  • Some need sternal recumbency to aid breathing and prevent atelectasis
  • Brachycephalics in sternal with chin elevated
  • Can tolerate ETT in place until awake to reduce risk of respiratory obstruction
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8
Q

How long should patients have close and continuous observations during recovery?

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  • Until lifting head
  • Responds to verbal stimulation
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9
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How long should patients have frequent monitoring?

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  • Until fully recovered
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10
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When should vital signs be monitored and recorded during recovery?

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  • Immediately after handover
  • At 15 minute intervals until patient is fully recovered
  • If concerns arise, can record more frequently
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11
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Which vital signs should be monitored and recorded during recovery?

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  • Extubation time
  • Temperature
  • MM colour, CRT
  • Peripheral pulse quality
  • Pulse/HR
  • RR
  • BP if hypo/hypertensive during surgery
  • Demeanour
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12
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Why should significant parameter changes be reported to the veterinary surgeon?

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  • Complications may be occuring
  • Can be life threatening, highest risk in recovery
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13
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Why must multiple parameters be monitored and recorded throughout recovery?

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  • Increase information obtained
  • Monitor trends
  • Limited from single, one off measurements
  • Miss indications until problem progressed
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14
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What may decreasing blood pressure with increasing heart rate indicate?

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Hypovolaemia

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15
Q

What may increasing heart rate, respiration rate and blood pressure signify?

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Pain

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16
Q

What is a common complication following general anaesthesia?

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  • Hypothermia
  • Active warming may be necessary
  • Heat pads, warm air blankets, extra bedding, bubble wrap
17
Q

What is the risk of using hot hands?

A
  • Risk of thermal injuries if bursts or are too hot
18
Q

What are the complications of prolonged hypothermia?

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  • Surgical site infections
  • Nosocomial infections
  • Prolonged action of drugs
  • Delayed recovery
  • Shivering
19
Q

How does shivering affect the patients oxygen demand?

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  • Increased oxygen demand up to 300%
20
Q

What treatment instructions should be included in the hand over?

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  • New medications
  • Changes to current medications
  • Medication times/frequency
  • Medication given during procedure
  • Pain management (score/analgesia)
  • Care for bandages
  • Catheter, tube, drain instructions
  • IVFT requirements/changes
21
Q

What common post op complication is caused by patients and how can this be prevented?

A
  • Wound, catheter, tube, drain interference
  • Elizabethan collar, pet medical shirt
22
Q

What is the difference between the IVFT requirements for a healthy routine procedure vs. significant haemorrhage?

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  • Healthy, routine, normotensive may discontinue IVFT post op
  • Significant haemorrhage during surgery will have more complex IVFT and monitoring requirements
23
Q

What things can indicate pain?

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  • Do not move when urinating in kennel
  • Inappetence
  • Uncharacteristic aggression
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Crying out in pain
24
Q

Where should rabbits be recovered and why?

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  • Prey species
  • Prep room may be shared with predator species
  • Can cause extreme stress, detrimental for recovery
  • Recover somewhere quiet
  • Exotics ward, portable carrier in quiet area
25
Q

Why shouldn’t shavings be used as bedding post op? What should be used instead?

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  • May stick to surgical wounds
  • Increase likelihood of surgical site infections
  • Use towels or blankets until healed
26
Q

Why should electric heat pads not be used while the recovering patient is left unattended?

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  • May chew cables
27
Q

How should patients with fracture repairs or procedures restricting mobility be recovered?

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  • In small kennels
  • Can’t move around too much during disorientation in recovery
28
Q

How should old and arthritic patients be recovered?

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  • Reduced fat and mobility
  • Padded bed/orthopaedic mattress
  • More likely to suffer from hypothermia
  • Prepare active warming before handover
29
Q

How should patients be recovered?

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  • Bowls/litter trays removed until recovered
  • Warm soft bedding
  • Vet bed wicks away liquid to prevent sores
  • Ambient temperature 22-24C
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