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Orthopaedics is the specialty that deals with patients diagnosed with skeletal deformities, disorders of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and skin. These elements together form what we call the musculoskeletal system.
Nurses responsibilities comprise close supervision and care immediately following surgery, routine daily monitoring and care plan management.


Orthopaedic rehabilitation is the specialized program designed for individual sufferings from musculoskeletal ailments to improve strength, endurance flexibility and restore mobility and independence.
At Porvoo, we understand the importance of care plans for patients dealing with Orthopaedic issues. Following are the points that our care administrators keep in mind while taking care of such patients :

  • Comprehending the nature of the surgery, why it was performed and its cause. Administer antibiotics if necessary, as orthopaedic surgeries occurring as a result of a traumatic event are at a higher risk of wound infection. Check for common conditions following traumatic events, such as compartment syndrome, fat embolism syndrome and hypovolemic shock.

  • Assess the patient immediately after surgery to determine his pain-management needs. Depending upon the severity of the surgical procedure, each patient will have different requirements for pain management and care. Address these immediately with the orthopaedic surgeon. Based on the doctor's recommendations, prepare a pain-management plan and ensure that the patient’s medication management is conducted as per care plan protocol. Orthopaedic surgeries are extremely painful; a post-operative nurse must ensure that the patient receives the correct dosage at the correct time. Always be aware of medications that should not be taken together.

  • Document everything relating to the patient according to the hospital's protocol. Maintain accurate and detailed records about the patient's recovery, as these will be of vital importance to the patient's doctor at post-operative check-ups. Help the patient reach the bathroom and manage other hygiene issues. Dress any wounds on a regular basis to avoid infection.

  • Educate patients about post-surgical responsibilities. Explanation of pain management, and stress the importance of keeping wounds clean and maintaining rehabilitation appointments. Go over any rehabilitation exercises the patient should practice at home, if directed by the doctor.

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