Tom Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Neurosurgery is a complex field that includes cranial, spinal, and vascular procedures. Following an intervention, patients require careful monitoring within a contained unit, with precise medications, mobility protocols, and wound care in an attempt to prevent postoperative complications. Pathways have been developed for procedure-specific postoperative care for the neurosurgical patient population, carefully designed due to the variation of orders from general surgery or other specialties. By carefully following the pathway developed for the postoperative care of the cranial neurosurgical patient, complications can be avoided and positive outcomes obtained. The postoperative cranial neurosurgical patient has complex orders, including but not limited to frequent neurologic exams, steroids, anti-seizure medications, mobility requirements, and wound care.
Cellary KE. It’s Not Like It’s Brain Surgery: A Clinical Review of Neurosurgical Post-Operative Care. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2022; 4(3).
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