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Elective orthopaedic surgery 

Elective orthopaedic surgery
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Elective orthopaedic surgery
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10.1093/med/9780198831426.003.0007
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date: 09 May 2021

This chapter on orthopaedic surgery reviews the specialist nursing management of patients undergoing (elective) orthopaedic surgery during the preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative phases of treatment. In particular, the management of pain during a surgical episode of care and the potential postoperative complications including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, infection, and the prevention of pressure ulcers are detailed. A review of the most common orthopaedic procedures including surgery to the spine, hip, knee, wrist, hand, elbow, and shoulder is also given, with details on the specific nursing management, rehabilitation, and patient education pertinent to each procedure. This chapter is written for qualified nursing staff.

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