Effective Pain Management Education on Aorto-Coronary Bypass Surgery Recovery

Thursday, 15 July 2010: 3:45 PM

Kamala Persad-Ford, RN, BSN, MSN, CCN(C)
Heart & Vascular Program, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to increase knowledge in pain and pain management after cardiac surgery, therefore, improve patient outcomes.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to educate patients about how their imput in effectively managing their pain after cardiac surgery will assist in their recovery.

The need for extensive post-operative pain management education, following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery, has been widely documented. The subjective nature of pain made effective communication of pain between the patient and caregiver an essential component of competent pain management. This is a prospective, qualitative, single-blinded, randomized research study. It consists of an in-depth literature review on pain and pain management after CABG surgery. Review of the literature revealed that effective management maximized post-operative recovery period by improving patient outcomes which resulted in a shorter length of hospitalization and cost saving incentives for the institution. The objective of this project was to develop an educational booklet on pain and pain management after CABG surgery for use by agency personnel during the pre-operative teaching period. Results were obtained through qualitative data with a survey. The control group of participants completed a different survey from the study group. The results were documented and summarized in table and graft formats. Recommendations and considerations were documented.