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CHECK LIST OF POST-OPERATIVE
COMPLICATIONS AT REHAB / SNF

[for Communication with Healthcare Providers]

Health Conditions Reports to Obtain
Questions to Ask
Suggestions to Staff
Monitoring Outcomes
Health Complications
Names of Physicians, ARNPs, PAs, RNs
1.Respiratory

  • Pneumonia

  • Pleural Effusions

  • Pulmonary Embolism
    [from DVT/leg clots]
  • Incentive Spirometer: every 2 hrs? how high?

  • Chest X-Rays / CT Scans: Findings?

  • Oxygen levels? Administration as needed?

  • Antibiotics? Lasix+Potassium Cloride?,
    Blood thinners? INR? (normal=2-3 if on Coumadin)

  • Use of Pulmonologist?
  • Progress / Outcomes / Complications
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  • 2. Urinary

  • Urinary retention

  • UTI: Tract Infection
  • Foley catheter? Draining? Clear?

  • Bladder scan: amount after voiding

  • UA [Urinalysis] & C&S [Culture & Sensitivity]? + Antibiotic: if >100,000

  • Use of Urologist?
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  • 3. Gastro-Intestinal

  • Weight Loss

  • GI Bleeding

  • Diarrhea from C-Difficile
  • Eval: 24hr intake & plan? Weight?

  • Hemoglobin? (nl, male:14-16); pre-op level?

  • Tests for blood or toxins in stool?

  • WBC? [White Blood Count; nl: 5,000-10,000]

  • Meds: Flagyl or Vancomycin?

  • Own commode? ( if not in single room)

  • Use of Gastroenterologist?
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  • 4. Skin Condition

  • Breakdown (esp.from urinary incontinence or diarrhea)

  • Infection at incision site or elsewhere

  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Number of episodes? Pads changed ASAP

  • Redness, drainage, meds, treatments, protective ointments?

  • Look at pressure points/ Turning schedule?

  • Use of Facility Wound Specialist?
  • Progress / Outcomes / Complications
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  • Draft Copy by Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Committee Fall 2015 (www.plhealth.org/checklist2.html)
    Disclaimer: This resource is designed to assist residents and their advocates with accessing relevant health information when communicating with healthcare professionals; it is not to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any specific medical condition.