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A model of care for optimising recovery after breast cancer surgery

23 July 2008

Cancer Nursing Practice


This article discusses the development of a multidisciplinary specialist advisory clinic for post-operative breast cancer patients and its ongoing evaluation through...

A day surgery post-operative telephone call line

18 November 1998

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The surgical day case unit (SDCU) at Burnley General Hospital recently piloted a post-operative telephone service. All patients are called by a registered nurse the...

Principles of post-operative patient care

13 October 2004

Nursing Standard


Surgery causes physiological stress on the body and carries inherent risks such as shock and haemorrhage. This article discusses cardiogenic and hypovolaemic shock...

Thyroidectomy: post-operative care and common complications

27 April 2011

Nursing Standard


Any surgical procedure involves risks. Thyroid surgery can cause potentially fatal complications during the early post-operative phase. It is essential that nurses...

Reviewing urinary complications of epidural analgesia in children with orthopaedic conditions

06 March 2012

Nursing Children and Young People

A&S Science

Two audits in the same hospital, one retrospective and the other prospective, are compared in this article to establish the frequency of urinary retention among...

Optimising patient management before and after surgery

01 October 2010

Nursing Management


Enhanced recovery involves the implementation of several evidence-based interventions concurrently in pathways of care for surgery, rather than individually, to...

Care of patients following liver transplantation

10 August 2011

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

This article provides an overview of the care of patients following liver transplantation. It focuses on the immediate post-operative care, the role of the...

A review of the uses of epidural analgesia

03 May 1995

Nursing Standard

Clinical pain management

An injection of local anaesthetic and/or opioids into the epidural space is an effective method of providing pain relief during the postoperative period. Epidural...

Use of the ABCDE approach to assess a patient post-operatively: a case study

16 October 2018

Nursing Standard

surgical care

This article details a case study of the immediate post-operative care of an elective adult patient who presented in a postanaesthetic care unit. It outlines the...

Managing post-operative stroke following cardiac surgery

11 December 2023

Nursing Standard

Care experience

Stroke is a complication that can occur in patients who have undergone cardiac surgery and can lead to life-threatening consequences. The causes of post-operative...