Fast Facts for the Cardiac Surgery Nurse, Second Edition

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Fast Facts for the Cardiac Surgery Nurse, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826127853

Caring for Cardiac Surgery Patients in a Nutshell

Author: Tanya Hodge MS, RN, CNS, CCRN

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This handy clinical guide provides speedy access to information and guidelines cardiac surgery nurses use daily. It covers all aspects of care from preoperative to recovery, with an emphasis on prevention and management of postoperative complicationsóan area where nurses can really make a difference and improve care. The second edition is completely revised and updated, with new coverage of risk factors for stroke, thoracic aortic aneurysms, and congenital heart disease, and updates on new surgical techniques and devices. New illustrations clarify crucial information and tables are reorganized to emphasize commonly used medications.

The second edition retains all of the expedient features of the Fast Facts guides, including Fast Facts in a Nutshell boxes highlighting especially important content, chapter introductions and objectives, short, easy-to-read chapters, and a convenient pocket size. The heart of the book focuses on post-op complications and nursing interventions to prevent and treat them. The book's five sections are comprised of the Preoperative Period, the Intraoperative Period, the Immediate Postoperative Period, the Extended Postoperative Period, and the Recovery Period, including discharge and long-term rehabilitation. Each section includes nursing considerations and patient education topics. Nurse-sensitive indicators and strategies for improving nursing care are featured throughout. The resource will be highly valuable to new graduates and nurses who are considering a switch to cardiac care, and will reinforce the knowledge of seasoned practitioners.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Updates including new surgical techniques and devices
  • Additional graphics to increase reader comprehension
  • New sections on thoracic aortic aneurysms and congenital heart disease
  • New chapter on stroke with a focus on postoperative treatment options

Key Features:

  • Delivers a handy pocket reference for new and experienced cardiac care nurses
  • Organized for easy access to equipment, procedures, and pre- and post-op specialty care
  • Includes Fast Facts in a Nutshell delivery of timely content

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 14, 2015
  • Page Count 236
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826127853
  • EISBN 9780826127860

About The Author(s) 

Tanya Hodge, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN, CNRN, is a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, certified critical care nurse, and certified neuroscience registered nurse. She worked clinically in a variety of cardiac-related settings, including cardiac telemetry, transplant/metabolic clinical nursing, cardiology intensive care nursing, and cardiovascular research at University of California–Davis Medical Center. She was a cardio vascular CNS at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, California, between 2007 and 2013. Since 2013, she has worked as nurse manager of the Cardiac Interventional Unit and Progressive Care Unit and, most recently, the Medical/Surgical/Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Mercy General. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Table of Contents 




Part I: Preoperative Period: Overview, Assessment, and Surgery Prep Guidelines

1. Epidemiology of Coronary Artery Disease, Valve Disease, and Need for Heart Surgery

2. Diagnostic Tests

3. Preparing a Patient for Cardiac Surgery

Part II: Intraoperative Period: Surgical Techniques

4. Cardiopulmonary Bypass

5. Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

6. Valve Surgery

7. Other Surgical Treatments

8. Off-Pump Surgeries and Minimally Invasive Techniques

Part III: Initial Postoperative Period

9. The First Few Hours: Initial Recovery

10. Complications: Initial Postoperative Period

11. Transition to Intermediate Care

Part IV: Extended Postoperative Period

12. Extended Recovery Timelines

13. Complications: Extended Recovery Period

14. Stroke

Part V: Long-Term Recovery

15. Discharge

16. Cardiac Rehabilitation