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Older women`s experiences with sternotomy

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posted on 2024-06-16, 13:30 authored by K Allen, S Wellard
While incision and subsequent scarring is a feature of all surgery, in cardiac surgery the sternotomy incision is significant and central to the body, separating the chest in half between the breasts. Increasingly older women count for a larger proportion of patients undergoing cardiac surgery each year in Australia yet there has been limited exploration of their experiences with sternotomy. A phenomenological approach was used to elicit the experiences of older women who had undergone cardiac surgery. In-depth interviews with four older women revealed a range of ways in which these women were affected by their sternotomy and their whole experience of cardiac surgery. Findings from this project provide insight into practical issues affecting these women and may assist nurses in the assessment and planning of care and education for older women having cardiac surgery, particularly in the areas of preparation for cardiac surgery and body image.

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Journal

International journal of nursing practice

Volume

7

Pagination

274-279

Location

Richmond, Vic.

ISSN

1322-7114

eISSN

1440-172X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd

Issue

4

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

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