Surgical Patients Care Plan

Written by on January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Photo of a teddy bear with bandageCertified Patient Care Technicians working on surgical floors can be referred to as theatre nurses. As a Certified Patient Care Technician you will be assigned both administrative and clinical duties related to your patient’s care. You must watching over your patients and guard their written records. Your job as a Certified Patient Care Technician is crucial to the medical team that you work on. You will help your health care team members including your patient’s doctor by providing the exact location and condition of your patient. You need to be very good at multitasking as you provide comfort and safety to your patients.

As a Certified Patient Care Technician on a surgical floor you provide both pre-operative and post-operative care. Your pre-operative care activities include preparing your patient for surgery, documenting all blood tests and all of your patients allergies not only in their patient written file, but on their personal identification arm bracelets as well. Post-operative care involves, taking vital signs (which includes blood pressure, respiration, temperature and pulse) of your patient, dressing wounds and monitoring signs for shock or infection. You will record or chart all the information and you will report any abnormal conditions to the nurse in charge.
When moving your patient from a gurney to a bed after surgery requires extra care. You have to be extra careful not to cause pain by accidentally pulling tubes/drains from your patient’s wound while moving them. When moving your patient ask them if their are comfortable. Pain after surgery is a common complaint. Help your patient understand the support and care you are giving them. Your care, concern and attentiveness during your patient’s physical pain can help them get through it so much better. It is your job to understand your patient’s level of pain and report complaints of severe pain to your Charge Nurse so that the pain can be brought under control.

After surgery your patient will most likely be placed on intravenous fluids. You will be responsible for their need fluid intake and output. When your patient is removed from intravenous fluids and placed on oral fluids, it is important that you record (chart) in writing the amount of liquid they consume. You will need to empty your patient’s urine containers regularly.

Once your patient is on oral fluids, it will be necessary for you to watch them for signs of dehydration. Signs like excessive thirst, small amounts of constant urination, dry mucous membranes, and poor skin elasticity are just some of the signs of dehydration. Any adverse signs of dehydration should be brought to the attention of the Charge Nurse or your supervisor.

In order to prevent bed sores and make your patient comfortable, you should move the patient at least every two hours. This is accomplished by rolling your patient over on the opposite side that he or she has be laying on. If your patient can’t get out of bed, you can assist them in performing arm and leg exercises. Helping your patient change positions by moving them from their bed to a chair or a chair to their bed can also help. This movement helps the blood circulate, prevents clot formation and keeps your patient’s skin from getting irritated in one area and form bed sores.


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