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Postoperative care 

Postoperative care
Postoperative care

G Hopgood

and C Hamilton Davies

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date: 02 August 2021

General principles 308

Inotropes and cardiovascular medications 312

Mechanical ventilation 316

Abnormal gases 318

The oliguric patient 320

The hypotensive patient 322

Atrial fibrillation 326

Sedation and analgesia 328

General principles are similar to non-cardiac intensive care, in terms of maintaining global and regional oxygen delivery. Postoperative care is often protocol-driven or follows unit-specific care pathways. This allows a significant degree of autonomy in nursing care. In addition, when the postop course differs from routine it allows identification of problems and early referral to medical staff. When you first start working on a cardiac intensive care unit, seek out your local protocols as a priority....

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