Friday, January 27, 2012

Preparing for Your Surgery Heart Hugger

The nurse practitioner will discuss what to expect before and after your heart surgery. He or she will serve as a contact person and coordinate your care. Your nurse practitioner will meet with you on a regular basis during your stay and will help make plans for your discharge home.

Besides visits from team members, lab studies and X-rays will have to be done if they were not done prior to admission. A chest X-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG), blood tests, and a urine test are needed. A blood sample is drawn to identify your blood type and reserve blood in case you need it. We try not to transfuse blood products; however, they are ready if you need them.

Twice before surgery, you will shower and scrub the front of your body with a special soap on a sponge and brush that your nurse will give you. Use the sponge side. You should wash your chest first for two to three minutes, then the rest of your body. This soap puts a film on your skin, so do not use other soap after the scrub. Your body hair will be removed the morning of your surgery to make it easier to clean your skin and to lesson the chance of infection.

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