Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Be Proactive With Complications

Major complications following thoracic surgery fall into two categories: respiratory complications and wound infections. Especially at risk are those patients with co-morbidities (e.g. diabetes, obesity, emphysema, COPD, etc.) as well as barrel-chested men, large breasted women and patients on a ventilator for a prolonged period.

Respiratory complications are a primary concern in the recovery of the post-surgical patient. Stabilization and return to preoperative levels of respiratory function is a major determinant in the discharge of patients. The use of a Sternum Support Harness provides patients with the confidence and independence to be aggressive with respiratory therapy and coughing, keeping them on the clinical pathway. Following discharge, continuing respiratory therapy exercises are critical to full recovery.

Sternal wound infections increase length of hospitalization more consistently than any other major complication and significantly influences readmission.  Treatment of sternal wound complications requires a multidisciplinary approach for effective patient care.  Use of a Sternum Support Harness to stabilize the sternal wound reduces both respiratory and wound complications, enhancing both quality of care and cost containment.

Providing patients with Heart Hugger Sternum Support Harness gives them the best possible chance at a speedy, uncomplicated recovery. Heart Hugger is the standard of care at more than 340 hospitals worldwide.

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