Patients need to communicate what is making them nervous and what they need done to be comfortable. In the recovery room, the team tries to access mobility—if a patient can’t move their toes quite yet that is ok; the anesthesia hasn’t left his or her system. Jeri says they want patients to go to the bathroom themselves and to walk as soon as they can to avoid complications. Blood needs to start pumping. Jeri feels helping a patient psychologically is the biggest thing a patient needs post-op.
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