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B66366 Nursing the Surgical Patients

University: Wembley High Technology College

  • Unit No: 13
  • Level: High school
  • Pages: 3 / Words 797
  • Paper Type: Dissertation
  • Course Code: B66366
  • Downloads: 691

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Brief :


  • maximum word count for this assessment is 2000 words.


Teacher Mrs. Wendy Green, 64, conferred to her general practitioner approximately three weeks ago with a history of three months of abdominal pain and diarrhoea. A tumour in the ascending colon was discovered through a colonoscopy and CT scan. An open right hemi-colectomy was planned for Wendy.

To answer the assignment questions, please refer to the following pre- and post-operative assessment data.

Objective Data

Past Medical History

Social History

Weight reported 92kgs

Height reported 168 cm

BP 155/100

HR 88

RR 18

Temp 38.8C

Urinalysis - normal

Current Medication

Simvastatin 40mg nocte

Captopril 100 mg mane

Aspirin 100 mg mane

Ventolin prn




Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) confirmed with sleep study January 2011

Uses CPAP machine at night

Myocardial infarction (MI) 2007 with left coronary artery stenting

Married with 2 grown children


Consumes 6 units of alcohol per day

Independent with daily cares

Smokes 10 cigarettes/day

Family history

Father RIP bowel cancer

Mother 84 years of age: history of cardiac disease

Postoperative clinical data

In 2000, Wendy underwent an open right hemi colectomy for a poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma of the ascending colon, which resulted in lymph node metastasis in four of the 28 dissected lymph nodes. After Wendy's surgery, you are the listed nurse who is taking care of her on the day shift.

Observations 0800


Post-operative orders

BP 90/55mmHg

Pulse: 110 and regular Respiratory rate: 12/min shallow SpO2 95% 2 litres via nasal prongs, Temperature 37.8°C Axilla,

Sedation score = 1-2

Vacudrain in-situ 400 ;ml in bag

Estimated blood loss (EBL) in OT 600ml

Urine output via a Foley IDC: 10-15 mls/hour <1ml/kg/hour last three hours

Pain score 6 on a scale of 0-10

Midline abdominal dressing (minimal ooze)

Simvastatin 40mg nocte

Captopril 100 mg/day

Aspirin 100 mg mane

Fentanyl PCA 20mcg bolus: 5 minute lockout

Regular paracetamol 1G QID (PO/IV)

Tramadol 50-100mg QID prn (PO/IV)

Oxygen 2L via nasal prongs

Intravenous infusion: Sodium Chloride 0.9% (Normal Saline) (NaCl) 80ml/hour

IV Cefoxitin 2gms TDS

Midline abdominal dressing

Mobilise day 1 with physiotherapist

Sips of fluid only

Remove IDC 0800, day 1

DVT prophylaxis -TED stockings ;

Pain management

GP follow up 2/52

OPD appointment 6/52 with Dr Bryant

Wendy will have 20 doses of adjuvant chemotherapy as an outpatient over the next three months.

From this case study you are required to perform this structure.

INTRODUCTION ( 100 words)

Background in reference to essay and define the ;issues which is to be addressed in the discussion.

Part A: Examine the scenario to determine potential clinical issues & relatable nursing care (1100 words)

This section has an emphasis on the first 24 hours of post-surgical care and involves prioritising nursing care for Wendy.

  • Determine THREE PRECEDENCE clinical issues for Wendy e.g. at danger of severe pain
  • find out the NURSING PARTICIPATION for each of the 3clinical issues. Promote deep breathing exercises hourly
  • Render PRINCIPLE for each nursing intervention. justify your interventions.

Part B: Discharge planning (700 words)

  • Design and grade discharge proposal for
  • In the discharge plan, consider the suitable post-operative education forWendyinvolve the surgical procedure. Briefly provide a discharge idea and instruction about medication, prevention of post-operative complications, psychosocial issues, and lifestyle modification.
  • Refer the generic information. ;Be concise and suited in your proposal but also analyse the information in the scenario and relate this to the discharge plan.

CONCLUSION(100 words)

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