The Occurrence of Problems in Connections with the Saphenous Vein Harvest Surgical Site: A Telephone Interview Project Three Months after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Ann-Sofie Gustafsson, Terese Eriksson, Stefan Andersson, Gunilla Borglin
Title: The Occurrence of Problems in Connections with the Saphenous Vein Harvest Surgical Site: A Telephone Interview Project Three Months after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery
Journal: Nordic Journal of Nursing Research and Clinical Studies
Year: 2012
Volume: 32
Issue: 1
Pagination: 41-3
ISSN: 0107-4083
Publisher: Sjuksköterskornas Samarbete i Norden (SSN)
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Health Science (Sektionen för hälsa)
School of Health Science S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/hal/
Authors e-mail: gbg@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Problems, such as slow-healing wounds and wound infections, arising at the saphenous vein harvest surgical site following Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) surgery are more common than was previously thought. Few studies exist that addressing this and which at the same time adopt a nursing – patient perspective. This project came about when staff at the regional cardiothoracic intensive care unit was notified that a number of recently discharged patients were now attending the Tissue Viability Centre for wounds at the saphenous vein harvest site. It was therefore decided to investigate this in more detail as part of quality assuring the care provided at the unit. A telephone interview was conducted with 114 respondents who in the last three months had undergone a CABG. The aim was to explore how they perceived their general health and if they experienced any problems at the harvest site. Although no statistical significance was found concerning some of the well-known risk factors, 13.2% of them experienced problems at the harvest site. The findings indicate that the cardiothoracic nurse can have an important role to play at the pre-discharge stage with regard to the provision of information and support for this group of patients.
Subject: Nursing & Caring Sciences\General
Keywords: Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, Complications, Nursing, Quality Improvement
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