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Keywords:

  • chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension;
  • pulmonary hypertension;
  • pulmonary thromboendarterectomy;
  • specialist centres;
  • specialist nurse

This paper describes the disease of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. This is a disease with an extremely poor prognosis, and the surgical procedure of pulmonary thromboendarterectomy represents the only possibility of a cure for patients with this condition. Further the paper describes the role and responsibilities of critical care nurses, specialist nurses in palliative care and pulmonary hypertension when caring for these patients before and after surgery.