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How ophthlamic day surgery patients convalesce at home : an exploration of the salient issues

Ryan, Fiona, O`Connell, Beverly and Gardner, Anne 2006, How ophthlamic day surgery patients convalesce at home : an exploration of the salient issues, Day surgery Australia : official journal of the Australian day surgery nurses association, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 11-16.

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Title How ophthlamic day surgery patients convalesce at home : an exploration of the salient issues
Author(s) Ryan, Fiona
O`Connell, Beverly
Gardner, Anne
Journal name Day surgery Australia : official journal of the Australian day surgery nurses association
Volume number 5
Issue number 3
Start page 11
End page 16
Publisher Australian Day Surgery Nurses Association
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2006-11
ISSN 1446-8999
Keyword(s) Ambulatory surgery -- Australia
Summary Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in Australia. In the next 10-15 years, the number of people needing this surgery is expected to double, This article is based on a study, which explored the types and levels of symptoms experienced by patients post-ophthalmic surgery. Patients were asked to complete two instruments: a 'Postoperative Symptoms Diary' and a follow up 'Telephone Survey Questionnaire'. Eight males and 15 females (n = 23) with a mean age of 80.5 years were recruited. The findings revealed that patients' symptom levels decreased over time, except for tiredness and moving around which increased slightly on Day 4 post-operatively. A carer was required for an average of 2.3 days. This study highlighted the discrepancies in current day surgery literature, which recommend that a carer is needed during only the first 24 hours post-operatively.
Language eng
Field of Research 110201 Cardiology (incl Cardiovascular Diseases)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Australian Day Surgery Nurses Association Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004026

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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