These videos have been created to help patients and their families learn what to expect before, during and immediately after heart surgery.
For people having heart surgery, like CABG or heart valve surgery, this realistic and reassuring video will help them take an active role in preparing for surgery and recovery. It includes practical information about what the patient should do before surgery. It explains what they will likely experience in the operating room, and what to expect waking up in the ICU. The importance of pain management and incentive spirometry is highlighted. The video also covers an overview of transition from intensive care to progressive care. Actual patients share their experiences about having heart surgery and their recovery.
This video explains what the patient is likely to experience as they move along their recovery path in the hospital. It covers the importance of pain management, getting up and moving, breathing exercises (spirometry and controlled coughing), walking in the hospital, strengthening exercises, common emotions they may have, and how patients can take an active role in their care. The video helps patients realize that recovery will take time. Actual patients share their experiences and ways of coping in the video. Cardiac rehabilitation is presented as a possible recommendation by the healthcare team.
This discharge education video gives heart surgery patients an overview of what patients can expect before they leave the hospital, and care during the first few weeks of recovery. It stresses that even though they are leaving the hospital their recovery is still ongoing. Specific guidelines include the drive home, physical activity restrictions, continuing breathing exercises, developing a daily routine, taking medications, incision care, signs of infection, resuming activity including sexual activity, when to contact a healthcare provider, and coping with common emotions after surgery. The video presents long term heart healthy lifestyle changes and the benefits of attending cardiac rehabilitation.
These videos are courtesy of Milner-Fenwick, Inc.