Nurses Practices toward Renal Dysfunction Post-Operative Open Heart Surgery: A descriptive Study

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Sarah Ali Abed Al-hussein, Hussein Hadi Atiyah


Acute kidney injury (AKI) complicates up to 30% of patients' recovery following cardiac surgery, increases a patient's chance of dying five times during hospitalization and damages and impairments the brain, lungs, and stomach. AKI is characterized by renal ischemia, reperfusion, inflammation, hemolysis, oxidative stress, cholesterol emboli, and toxins. This study aims to evaluate nurse's practices toward Renal Dysfunction post-operative Open heart surgery. A quantitative (descriptive study) design used in the current study, non-probability (purposive) sample of 30 nurses participated from intensive care unit, for the timeframe 26th of December, 2022 to the 2nd of April, 2023 at Al-Nasiriya Heart Center. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and SPSS. The findings of study group indicated that nursing staff are showing poor to fair level of practices (poor = 46.7% and  fair = 53.3%) regarding renal dysfunction after open heart surgery.The researchers recommend that special training sessions about renal dysfunction and its complications following cardiac surgery, booklet should be designed and distributed to all nurses who working in the ICU, and an educational program must be implemented to improve nurse's practices

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