In this assessment, you will apply your knowledge and understanding of post-operative nursing care. After analysing a case study, you will answer a series of questions. Please refer to the Task Instructions for details on how to complete this task. Please refer to the Task Instructions for details on how to complete this task.
The Registered Nurse plays an important role in the postoperative care of a person. This assessment provides you with the opportunity to apply theory to a clinical scenario. To complete this assessment, you will need to apply clinical reasoning processes as you examine and analyse a case study. You will be required to analyse the data provided and research the surgical procedure and anaesthetic administered as well as post-operative nursing care principles. This information will then be used to discuss the holistic nursing care of the person during the post-operative period of an acute care admission.
You will need to use the following processes from the clinical reasoning cycle to complete the assessment:
To complete this assessment, you will need to examine and analyse the case study presented below and provide responses to the questions asked.
Maria Romano is a 76 year old woman admitted to the Emergency Department via ambulance. Maria fell when watering her garden and was unable to get up. She was lying in her garden for 3 hours until her daughter came home from work and found her.
Maria's medical history includes osteoporosis, glaucoma and she has recently been diagnosed with early dementia. She has no significant surgical history. Maria lives with her daughter Paulina and Paulina's husband, Sam.
Maria's current medications include Aspirin 75mgs daily, Alendronate Sodium 10mg orally daily & Latanoprost eye drops to both eyes nocte.
Preoperatively, Paulina shared her concerns regarding Maria's low weight and recent frequent falls. Maria has a walking frame but rarely uses it. Maria shared concerns about her garden and who will care for it while she is in hospital.
Maria has undergone an Open Reduction and Internal fixation (ORIF) of the fractured Right Neck of Femur under Spinal and General Anaesthesia.
Maria was nauseated in the Post anaesthetic care unit (PACU) and vomited a small amount of green fluid. IV Metoclopramide was administered with good effect.
Post-operative surgical antibiotic prophylaxis and pharmaceutical and mechanical thromboprophylaxis are ordered. An intravenous PCA of Morphine is ordered together with regular Paracetamol.
The surgeon has ordered the drain tube to removed on Post-Operative day 2 (after review)
Discharge is scheduled for post-operative day 5.
Observations on return to the ward
Airway: patent Respiratory rate: 16 breaths/min, Oxygen saturation: 97% on room air
Heart rate: 84 beats/min, Blood pressure: 100/60 mmHg, Capillary refill: 2 seconds Intravenous therapy Cephalic vein Left arm: Hartmanns solution 8 hourly
Dressing to Right hip: Intact with small amount of bright red ooze on dressing Redivac drain tube in situ: patent – 200 mL of bright red drainage
Bromage score: 2 Dermatome level: L2
Right foot pale, cool to touch, pedal pulse present, slight paraesthesia in toes
Graduated compression stockings in situ
Alert: orientated to time and place, Pain score: 1/10 on rest, 3/10 on movement
Temperature: 36 C
Maria sustains a skin tear on her lower right arm as you release the bed rails after transferring her to her room.
*Answers to Questions 2, 3 & 4 must be presented in a table (see a suggested format below).
10 references are required for this assessment. Use recent, relevant, and reliable resources to complete this task. These should be peer-reviewed literature from other credible sources (government documents, reports, publications, authentic webpages, etc., related to the subject matter and not older than seven years.
It is essential that you use the appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research.