Lynn Carbone is a clinical nurse III at Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center's rehabilitation unit in South Bend, IN.
An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Rehabilitation of Open-Heart Surgical Patients
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
1999 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 55–61, March-April 1999
How to Cite
Carbone, L. M. (1999), An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Rehabilitation of Open-Heart Surgical Patients. Rehabilitation Nursing, 24: 55–61. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1999.tb01837.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
- cardiac rehabilitation;
- continuity of care;
- interdisciplinary team;
- postoperative care
Quite often nurses in environments other than the immediate postoperative setting are responsible for the well-being of patients who have had open-heart surgery (OHS). These patients may be admitted to rehabilitation or home healthcare settings as early as 1 week after surgery. They may be deconditioned because of postoperative complications such as a cerebrovascular accident or cardiopulmonary compromise. Rehabilitation nurses in inpatient or home health environments are key members of the interdisciplinary team in terms of establishing standards of care for OHS patients after surgery. Coordinating care within an interdisciplinary team reduces fragmentation of care, improves patient outcomes, and enhances patient, family, staff, and physician satisfaction. This article focuses on empowering rehabilitation nurses as leaders and members of interdisciplinary teams as they establish standards for coordinating the postoperative care of OHS patients.