Chapter 6. Post-Operative Care following Cardiothoracic Surgery

  1. Carl Margereson MSc BSc(Hons) DipN(Lond) RGN RMN and
  2. Jillian Riley MSc BA(Hons) RGN RM

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774441.ch6

Cardiothoracic Surgical Nursing

Cardiothoracic Surgical Nursing

How to Cite

Margereson, C. and Riley, J. (2003) Post-Operative Care following Cardiothoracic Surgery, in Cardiothoracic Surgical Nursing, Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470774441.ch6

Author Information

  1. Senior Lecturers, Faculty of Health & Human Sciences, Thames Valley University, Royal Brompton Hospital, London

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 9 SEP 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632059041

Online ISBN: 9780470774441



  • cardiothoracic surgery;
  • oxygen therapy;
  • physiotherapy;
  • continuous positive airway pressure (cpap);
  • electrolytes


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Pulmonary changes following cardiothoracic surgery

  • Specific care issues following cardiac surgery

  • Specific care issues following thoracic surgery

  • Interventions to optimise pulmonary function following cardiothoracic surgery

  • Chest drainage

  • Fluid and electrolyte changes following cardiothoracic surgery

  • Pain control following cardiothoracic surgery

  • Post-operative infection

  • References

  • Further reading

  • Appendix: Post-operative assessment issues following cardiac surgery

  • Appendix: Contd