Critical Care Nurses Should Be Prepared for Open Abdomen

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Critical Care Nurses Should Be Prepared for Open Abdomen
Critical Care Nurses Should Be Prepared for Open Abdomen

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Critical care nurses need to be prepared to manage patients with open abdomen, according to a report published in the October issue of Critical Care Nurse.

Eleanor R. Fitzpatrick, R.N., from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, reviews case studies illustrating the implementation of the open abdomen technique and patient management strategies.

Fitzpatrick notes that the open abdomen technique and temporary abdominal closure after damage control surgery is rapidly becoming the standard of care for managing intra-abdominal bleeding and infectious or ischemic processes in critically ill patients. The most common indication for the open abdomen is damage control surgery for abdominal trauma, but this technique is being used in patients with abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) due to acute pancreatitis and other disorders. Following the open abdomen technique and temporary abdominal closure, management priorities include hemodynamic stabilization, supporting respiratory function, preventing infection, managing pain, and monitoring for ACS.

"Determining the need for this potentially lifesaving intervention and managing the wound after the open abdomen has been created are all within the realm of critical care nurses," Fitzpatrick writes.

Abstract
Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Doctors Urged to Speak With Patients About Firearms

Doctors Urged to Speak With Patients About Firearms

Making a public commitment is encouraged as a positive action that physicians can take

Machine Learning Model Predicts Risk of Upgrade to Breast CA

Machine Learning Model Predicts Risk of Upgrade to ...

Model can predict risk of upgrade of high-risk breast lesions to cancer using traditional, text features

Glycemic Control Up With Oral Semaglutide in Type 2 Diabetes

Glycemic Control Up With Oral Semaglutide in Type ...

Phase 3 studies next to assess longer-term/clinical outcomes, safety

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »