Surgical resection of the right lower extremity in an adult with severe lymph-edema of the extremity required intensive coordination of multiple services and specialists because of the medical and surgical complexity of the patient’s condition, massive limb size, and surgical location in a children’s hospital. Early and prolonged planning was necessary to anticipate problems and provide optimal care. The patient had a successful surgical outcome, improvement in medical comorbid conditions postoperatively, and improvement in the quality of life upon discharge. This coordinated effort will be used in the future as a template for patients with complex conditions whose care requires lengthy planning and involves multiple services and specialists.
Coordination of Multiple Services for a Patient With Severe Lymphedema of the Right Lower Extremity
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Mary Beth Sylvia, Erin Spera, Susan M. Hamilton, Stella Harrington, Jay Hartford, Sandy Quigley; Coordination of Multiple Services for a Patient With Severe Lymphedema of the Right Lower Extremity. Crit Care Nurse 1 August 2011; 31 (4): 55–68. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2011222
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