Work at the Department
After the successful recovery of patients in the Cardiac Surgery Department 1, patients are transferred to the Cardiac Surgery Department 2. This department ensures 24-hour hemodynamic monitoring of patients. In addition to the cardiac surgeon, further treatment and care of the patient are provided by specialists in cardiology and a well-trained team of nurses and medical technicians. The work at the department includes daily electrocardiographic monitoring and ultrasound examination of the heart, administration and correction of cardiac therapy, as well as the continuation of previous therapeutic protocols of the patient with regular control of laboratory and biochemical parameters. Cardiac surgeons also perform surgical wound dressing and thoracic drain removal with the follow-up X-ray imaging of the chest. Intensive physical therapy enables early mobilization of the patient. If required, examinations by an electrophysiologists, gastroenterologists, infectologists, urologists, vascular and plastic surgeons and other consultants of various specialties are performed. Complete recovery of the patient after cardiac surgery ensures discharge along with scheduling a follow-up examination.
List of procedures
- Control of vital functions (arterial pressure, pulse, temperature, respiration)
- Ultrasound examination of the heart
- Chest X-ray imaging
- Control of laboratory and biochemical analyses
- Thoracic drain removal/placement
- Surgical wound dressing
- Thoracic puncture
Instructions for patients
Upon admission and follow-up examinations, it is necessary to bring all available documentation so that medical doctors could have an insight into the patient’s case history.
Medical doctors working at the Cardiac Surgery Department 2 participate in the work of the cardiac surgery outpatient unit, where patients are referred to from primary health care centers as well as from other secondary and tertiary health care institutions. After being examined by cardiologists, these patients are referred to for possible further diagnostic cardiac examinations. The findings obtained are then presented to the cardiac surgery medical advisory board for the purpose of making a decision on further course of treatment. Furthermore, medical doctors of the Cardiac Surgery Department 2 perform regular and extraordinary postoperative follow-up examinations of patient who were operated on at the Clinic for Cardiac Surgery.
The first examinations at the cardiac surgery outpatient unit are scheduled via the IHIS system.
The date and time of the follow-up examination after cardiac surgery is scheduled upon the patient’s discharge and is entered in the discharge note.