Thyroidectomy: post-operative care and common complications
Luís Furtado Registered nurse, General Surgery Department, Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo de Ponta Delgada EPE, São Miguel Island (Azores), Portugal
Any surgical procedure involves risks. Thyroid surgery can cause potentially fatal complications during the early post-operative phase. It is essential that nurses have the knowledge and skills to detect early signs and symptoms of potential complications and take appropriate action. Early detection and rapid response are key to maintaining patient safety and minimising harm.
Nursing Standard. 25, 34,43-52. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.04.25.34.43.c8470
Published in print: 27 April 2011Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review