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Effects of recliner-chair versus traditional hospital bed on postsurgical diagnostic laparoscopic recovery time

  • Shirley E. Agodoa
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    Shirley E. Agodoa, BSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, is a Supervisory Nurse Specialist at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; Margaret A. Holder, CAPT, NC, USN, RN, PhD, FNP-C, is Head of Health Promotion at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC. Work on this study was accomplished while she was Research Coordinator at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; and Sarah M. Fowler, BSN, RN, CAPA, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.
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  • Margaret A. Holder
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    Shirley E. Agodoa, BSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, is a Supervisory Nurse Specialist at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; Margaret A. Holder, CAPT, NC, USN, RN, PhD, FNP-C, is Head of Health Promotion at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC. Work on this study was accomplished while she was Research Coordinator at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; and Sarah M. Fowler, BSN, RN, CAPA, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.
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  • Sarah M. Fowler
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    Shirley E. Agodoa, BSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, is a Supervisory Nurse Specialist at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; Margaret A. Holder, CAPT, NC, USN, RN, PhD, FNP-C, is Head of Health Promotion at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC. Work on this study was accomplished while she was Research Coordinator at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; and Sarah M. Fowler, BSN, RN, CAPA, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.
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      Abstract

      Little has been documented regarding postoperative nursing interventions that are effective in decreasing postoperative recovery time, improving patient outcomes, or optimizing discharge readiness. A randomized study was conducted to evaluate 2 methods of recovery positioning and to examine factors that affect home readiness (eg, voiding, intake) for postsurgical laparoscopy patients. Participants were randomized into 2 groups. The control group was recovered in traditional hospital beds, while subjects in the experimental group recovered in a “recliner-chair,” which was adjustable by the patient for comfort. The results showed that patients who recovered in adjustable recliner-chairs reached home readiness sooner and experienced greater comfort levels than patients who recovered in traditional hospital beds. Furthermore, patients in the recliner-chair group had fewer adverse symptoms such as nausea, severe pain, and delayed voiding. This is a U.S. government work. There are no restrictons on its use.
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