Patients' experience of pain after cardiac surgery

Aslan F. E. , Badir A., Arli S. K. , Cakmakci H.

CONTEMPORARY NURSE, vol.34, no.1, pp.48-54, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Title of Journal : CONTEMPORARY NURSE
  • Page Numbers: pp.48-54


Pain after Cardiac Surgery (CS) is the most common patient complaint. However the first 48 h after surgery, when patients' pain is the most severe, is generally spent in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It is almost impossible for patients to report their pain because of their inadequate level of consciousness in the ICU Many factors alter verbal communication with patients, such as administration of sedative medications, mechanical ventilation, and patients' changed level of consciousness.