Masters Thesis

Post-operative respiratory care: a descriptive study.

This study attempted to demonstrate whether or not nursing personnel adequately turn, cough and deep breathe postoperative patients. Criteria were established for adequately carrying out these procedures and then nursing, performance was measured. Postoperative nursing care was observed on ten choly cystectomy patients, each for one twenty-four hour period. Secondary problems were to determine if patients were receiving preoperative instruction on turning, coughing and deep breathing, and to determine whether a nurse with a higher level of education vfould carry out these procedures with more proficiency. Observations were made by the investigator and data were then coded and statistically analyzed by the Computer Center at California State University, Fresno.