Stay on 8 NW until you are ready to go home.
Discharge home is usually three to five days after surgery.
Everyone is different and therefore the time frame for you is adjusted to how well you are recovering.
Staff will monitor your heart rate and rhythm at all times until you are discharged home.
If you cannot maintain a blood oxygen level above 90% at all times, you may require oxygen at home until you improve.
The Respiratory Therapist will arrange for oxygen at home if necessary.
You will be given a prescription for pain medication. Call your surgeon’s office for refill.
A baby aspirin is to be taken daily to help keep your new by-pass grafts open for good blood flow to the heart muscle.
Review your list of medication with your nurse when you are discharged.
Ask questions if the medications are different than what you have at home.
Make sure you have prescriptions for new medication.
The IS will go home with you.
Continue using this device every 1-2 hours at home for the next 3 to 4 weeks.
A therapist will walk with you twice a day and monitor your blood pressure and pulse before and after.
Walk alone if you are steady on your feet or with a family member during other times in order for you to get stronger more quickly.
Do not let anyone pull your arms to help you out of bed or up from a chair.
Remain on the Cardiac diet.
Keep fluid intake to about 2 liters (quarts) daily.
Do not add salt to food, eat processed foods, or food high in sodium (processed cheese/ lunch meats, ham, bacon). Sodium (salt) leads to retention of fluid in the body tissue.
Eating several small meals a day is recommended.
Focus on eating foods high in protein, to promote healing.
Open Heart Surgery booklet provided.
You and your significant other should read all of this information.
Ask questions you may have about what to expect after leaving the hospital.
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