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Potential for Complications from Surgical Procedures and Health Alterations

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    Hi, I am Joanna Jackson and this lesson is about the potential for complications from surgical procedures and health alterations. This portion of learning is dedicated to the nurses ability to lessen the effects of complications following surgical or other procedures. The focus for the nurse is on the reduction of risks. A quick overview of our contents. We'll review key terms, warning signs, specific complications, and review the nursing process. Some key terms include aspiration, dehiscence, evisceration, hematoma, seroma, and hypoxia. It is the nurses' responsibility to do the following things. Educate the clients on the reduction of post procedure complications. Give the medications as ordered. The nurse should know the signs and symptoms of complications. Perform nursing assessments to identify any risks and respond appropriately to any complications. Immediately following procedures, the nurse should conduct complete and frequent physical assessments and monitor the patient's vital signs. Promote physical health and well-being by providing care and comfort to the patient, and manage pain and prevent risks through medication administration such as antibiotics. Now let's talk about what is normal? Following any surgical procedure, it's perfectly normal for patients to have altered mental status due to any sedating medications that may have been given. It is also normal and expected for a patient to be pain or discomfort. You should expect the patient to have the gradual return to baseline behavior and mobility. The ability for the patient to follow simple commands. Urinary retention affected by the medication or the procedures is also possible. Initial inability to move bowels is expected and impaired gas exchanges including the respirations is also expected. Nausea and vomiting can also be a side effect of medication, and changes in color, amount, and consistency of drainage is expected depending on the procedure given. Many complications...

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    The lecture Potential for Complications from Surgical Procedures and Health Alterations by Joanna Jackson is from the course Physiological Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Potential for Complications from Surgical Procedures and Health Alternations
    • Wound Complications

    Author of lecture Potential for Complications from Surgical Procedures and Health Alterations

     Joanna Jackson

    Joanna Jackson


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