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

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posted on 2006-11-01, 00:00 authored by F Ryan, B O`Connell, A Gardner
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.

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Journal

Day surgery Australia : official journal of the Australian day surgery nurses association

Volume

5

Issue

3

Pagination

11 - 16

Publisher

Australian Day Surgery Nurses Association

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

1446-8999

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Australian Day Surgery Nurses Association Inc.

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