Bedside nurses removing epicardial pacer wires: from concept to practice.

Heart Institute AM Care Clinics, PAU/SDA, Pacer/Defibrillator Clinic and Communication Centre, Ottawa, ON.
Canadian journal of cardiovascular nursing = Journal canadien en soins infirmiers cardio-vasculaires 02/2007; 17(1):27-30.
Source: PubMed


Epicardial pacer wires inserted at the time of cardiac surgery are routinely removed prior to discharge. Traditionally, in most centres in Canada, this task has been carried out by physicians. Delays in discharge, insufficient patient preparation and inadequate monitoring practices post-wire removal have led to a need for a change in practice. The aim of this article is to present the development, implementation and evaluation of a project in which all bedside nurses on a post-operative cardiac surgery unit remove patients' epicardial pacer wires.

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