Bachelor's degree in Nursing (to qualify as a nurse) (Legnago)


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Name of lecturer
Enrico Marcotto
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INF LEG - 3° anno 1° sem dal Oct 16, 2019 al Dec 20, 2019.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to offer useful knowledge and methods for developing assessment skills and assistance treatment of acute situations of the cardio-thoracic patient operated on.

Learning Outcomes
Teaching contributes to the achievement of the following learning outcomes:
 recognize and activate the necessary interventions to manage acute and / or critical situations;
 supervise and monitor the clinical situation of patients, identifying early signs of aggravation of the patient;
 activate decision-making processes based on the patient's condition, expected outcomes, the impact of the situation on the patient;
 integrate nursing care into the multidisciplinary care project


Educational and rehabilitative care approach to the patient undergoing thoracotomy and sternotomy.
Care approach to cardio-thoracic patient. Preoperative phase. Main cardiac surgery operations. Notes on the intraoperative phase. Post-operative phase.
The cardio-thoracic patient operated on day zero: head and foot examination and management of the devices. Monitoring. Infusion drugs and pharmacological compatibility. Notes on any hemodynamic devices (aortic counterpulsor - IAPB- and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation - ECMO
Post-operative phase; care complications and problems. Education and rehabilitation. Anticoagulant therapy

Management of the patient with blood transfusion.
The transfusion of blood and blood components: purposes, patient management during the various phases. Collaboration between nurse and doctor. Adverse reactions.

Thoracic drainage management.
The drainage system with water valve. Thoracentesis.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lise M. Chirurgia per infermieri, quinta edizione (2017) Ed Piccin. Padova 2017
Gentili A., Nastasi M., Rigon L.A., Silvestri C., Manganelli P. Il Paziente critico: clinica ed infermieristica in Anestesia e Rianimazione Casa Ed. Ambrosiana, Milano. 1997
Hollway -Saiani L. Brugnolli A Piani di assistenza in medicina e chirurgia (Edizione 2) Ed. Sorbona 2008 978-88-7947-466-5
Brugnolli A., Saiani L. Trattato di cure infermieristiche (Edizione 2) Idelson-Gnocchi srl - SORBONA 2014
Luisa Saiani, Anna Brugnolli TRATTATO DI CURE INFERMIERISTICHE - vol. III Sorbona 2017
Maurizio Chiaranda Urgenze ed emergenze. Istituzioni PICCIN 2016

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with closed questions with multiple choice answers and / or open questions with short answer with possible oral interview for the completion of the exam.

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