Postoperative nausea and vomiting is a dreaded, uncomfortable, and unpleasant patient experience that is also a factor contributing to adverse outcomes in postoperative recovery. The key to management of this concern is to identify high-risk patients and to develop a systematic method of assessment, intervention, and evaluation within the perianesthesia care continuum. This discussion outlines the wide range of pharmacological and alternative therapies that are available in clinical practice with a case study to illustrate incorporation of these interventions in critically ill patients.
Postanesthesia Care| December 01 2011
Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Adults: Implications for Critical Care
Angela Smith Collins, RN, DSN, ACNS, BC, CCNS
Angela Smith Collins is a clinical professor at the Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She works as a surgical critical care clinical specialist in the surgical intensive care unit at Baptist Princeton, an AACN Beacon Unit 2010–2011. In this position, her scholarly contributions are patient focused and linked to clinical outcomes.
Corresponding author: Angela Smith Collins, rn, dsn, acnsbc, ccns, 504 University Blvd, Capstone College of Nursing, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (e-mail: email@example.com).
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Crit Care Nurse (2011) 31 (6): 36–45.
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Angela Smith Collins; Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Adults: Implications for Critical Care. Crit Care Nurse 1 December 2011; 31 (6): 36–45. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2011470
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