presented by Dedee Culley
Financial: DeDee Culley receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: DeDee Culley has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Dedee Culley, RN
Dedee Culley is a registered nurse with over 19 years of experience, with the last 10 years being specifically in the home health and hospice areas. She has been a field nurse, case manager, educator and director of operations in agencies. She has also served as a clinical expert analyst for a software vendor, designing…Read full bio
1. Identifying Our Post-Operative Patient Population
Because many patients no longer remain hospitalized post-op, it is critical that home health nurses are prepared to receive, assess, and educate both the patient and the family/caregiver. This chapter will explore the most common population of post-operative patients seen in home health and their risks. We will also identify the most common types of surgeries/procedures necessitating post-op care in home health. Applying this knowledge enables nurses to best prepare for this patient population to have the greatest rehabilitation potential.
2. How to Combat the Opioid and Related Pain Management Concerns During Post-operative Care
There is no doubt we are encountering an opioid epidemic never seen before in the United States. As home health nurses, we must be diligent to ensure our patient's safety, and this includes aspects of pain control. This chapter will explore the statistical facts about opioid use/misuse and alternative pain control.
3. Assessments/Observations for Post-Operative Care
Standard assessments/observations may not be enough when administering care to a post-operative patient at home. There is strong evidence-based research and best practices for specific assessments/observations at various time points during recovery. This chapter will explain how these assessments/observations can be executed by the home health nurse to ensure the best care and rehabilitation potential for their patient.