Sarah, aged 36 years, has returned to the surgical ward following abdominal surgery under general anesthetic; she has regained consciousness and is alert. Describe the role of the nurse in assessing and managing this patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation within the first 24 hours only (the early post-operative period) on return to the surgical ward.
In the introduction set out the purpose of the assignment. You should identify the potential Airway, Breathing, and Circulation problems that can occur in the early postoperative period (first 24 hours) and state the overall aim of nursing care in relation to Airway, Breathing, and Circulation.
You may wish to state that the information used for the development of this assignment was derived from the Irish National Early Warning System, Version 2 (Department of Health 2020), along with any other readings (references from lecture reading lists, nursing textbooks) that make a specific contribution. This signposting needs to be followed through in your work with appropriate choice of headings and or subheadings as a means of following your progress.