Module 3 – Surgical Risks
Surgical patients are vulnerable and at risk of many potential problems, many of our patients have co-morbidities or bring with them ‘risk’ prior to any surgical intervention. Consider that patients further increase their risk by entering the perioperative environment, undergoing anaesthetic, their condition or reason for surgery; add to that trauma due to the surgical procedure and you can see why the perioperative environment is considered to be a high risk environment for any patient.
Select a risk factor and discuss how this risk factor can have impact on the patient in the surgical setting; and how as a perioperative nurse we plan for or mitigate risk in our ‘plan of care’ for our patients. Your chosen risk could be an environmental, health, education or social risk, and you must provide rationale as to ‘why’ this is a considered risk.