Patients' experience of pain after cardiac surgery

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

CONTEMPORARY NURSE, cilt.34, sa.1, ss.48-54, 2009 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 34 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2009
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.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.