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Our team will continue to update you and your family on your progress and the goal of care each day. We will also update you on the estimated date of discharge (EDD).
In addition to daily lab work, we also check to make sure you meet key health goals, such as:
Stable vital signs
You are awake and aware, checked three times each day
You are out of bed at least three times daily in addition to all meals
You are able to walk around (called "ambulation") and sit, if appropriate, about three to four times daily
Effective pain management
You can use the incentive spirometer 10 times each day
You are able to eat 50% to 75% of your meals
We will also continue to monitor your drains, lines, and catheters, and remove them when indicated.
You are out of bed three times a day and for all meals
You are able to "ambulate," or walk about the room, at least 100 feet by day three
And you can walk around at least 200 feet by days four and five with one of our staff
To check your respiratory function, we will ask you to:
Take a deep breath
Use the incentive spirometer
You should use the incentive spirometer 10 times every hour while you are awake. This decreases the risk of developing pneumonia and infection, in addition to daily oral care.
Diet and nutrition
You should be able to return to your regular diet unless otherwise recommended by your care team.
By day three after your surgery, the goal is for you to eat at least 50% of all of your meals. By days four and five, you should be able to eat at least 75% of all meals. We will also continue to monitor your weight each day.
It is important to manage your pain because it will interfere and slow your recovery process such as breathing, sleep, appetite, and activity.
The surgical team monitors your medication after surgery. Some of your home medication may be restarted if clinically indicated.
You may also receive additional medications such as:
Caring for your wound
Dressing stays on for 48 hours. If there is drainage from the sternal incision, your nurse will change it every 24 hours and as needed.
Your case manager will continue to evaluate and discuss your potential discharge needs with you and your family.
In the first few days after your surgery, we will go over the following instructions with you:
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