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What role do intensive care nurses have in cardiac bypass surgery?

While the intensive care (ICU or critical care) nurse may not play a direct role during the surgical procedure, they are a vital part of a patients' recovery. This nurse may be involved with patient education prior to the surgery, patient and family education during the recovery period in the intensive care unit and sometimes, with the outpatient recovery. 

Intensive care nurses work in intensive care units and have well developed knowledge in a specific area. Their nursing knowledge is well developed in the area of dealing with complex patient issues. 

If you are moved into the hospital's intensive care unit following bypass surgery, you will be cared for by intensive care (or critical care) nurses. These nurses have special training in caring for patients facing life-threatening problems, including cardiac and respiratory emergencies. They are a very important part of the care team.
 

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