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First 24 hour care of a patient with an open heart sugery?

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Dr. Joshua Buckler
Cardiology 19 years experience
Stabilize: Typically the first 24 hours consists of taking out the breathing tube if possible, adjusting medications to help the heart heal after surgery and overall helping to stabilize the patient. Each patient is very different though and you should talk with the surgeon as to what expect.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Intensive: In hospital, intensive care with weaning from ventilator, medications, removal of drainage tubes and devices, and catheters. Awakening, moving, coughing and respiratory care.

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