Is nausea common after open heart surgery? Should I ask the anesthesiologist to give me something for nausea to prevent it? I'm not too concerned about pain, but I dread nausea; I don't handle nausea very well....
Just curious, in ICU, how many and which drains, IV's, catheters, etc. were you attached to? I expect a throat tube, a neck tube (Swan-Ganz), one IV in each arm, two chest drainage tubes, and a bladder catheter.....total of 7.......correct or not?
For a hospital that bills itself as one of the top places to receive heart surgery in the country, their scores are surprisingly low. In terms of overall bypass quality, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center joined just 17 others -- out of 600 hospitals nationwide -- in earning a dubious one-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, reporting major complication rates of 19.3% for patients undergoing these operations.
Their failure to have high-performing scores for even the most basic heart bypasses could be an indicator of system-wide atrophy, according to the latest installment in a series by the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica.
But David Berger, MD, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Baylor St. Luke's, said those problems are in the past. "Currently we are providing safe and high-quality care, and we are continuing to improve our performance daily," he told the publications.
Is this bone cement called kryptonite standard procedure now, or not? " Kryptonite bone cement as an enhancement to conventional wire cerclage for sternal closure is a safe, simple and quick procedure requiring no special technical skills and is associated with accelerated sternal healing, reduced postoperative pain, and improved quality of life. "
Anyone who is a "hard stick" ever use EMLA cream, lidocaine, etc. on the IV site prior to the IV start procedure? What about "The Buzzy" which you place "between the pain and the brain" to minimize pain?
Anyone know the "margin of error" with CT scans with contrast? I'm wondering how accurate they really are. I've heard that they can be off by as much as 30%. Anybody ever ask your doctor about their accuracy?