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Cardiac catheterisation involves the insertion of a catheter into a vein or artery, usually from a groin or jugular access site, which is then guided into the heart. This procedure is performed for both diagnostic and interventional purposes. Diagnostic catheters are used to assess blood flow and pressures in the chambers of the heart, valves and coronary arteries and to assist in the diagnosis and management of congenital heart defects. Interventional catheters are used as an alternative to open-heart surgery when possible and are involved in closing ventricular and atrial septal defects via catheter device closure, expansion of narrowed passages (pulmonary stenosis), stent placement, ablation of abnormal electrical pathways and widening of existing openings (balloon atrial septectomy).
To provide nurses with the knowledge and skill set to competently care for a patient post cardiac catheterisation.
Nursing Assessment nursing clinical practice guideline (Link).
Include the following when taking the history of a child post cardiac catheterisation:
Escalation of care in relation to complications associated with cardiac catheterisation
In relation to above complications listed when caring for a patient post a cardiac catheter, see the following process of escalation of care as per protocol & following link: https://www.rch.org.au/policy/policies/Medical_Emergency_ResponseProcedure/
MET criteria – 777, ward, department, level, building
Catheterisation fellow - office hours: pager # 5719, after hours: pager # 4044.
In children who undergo diagnostic cardiac catheters no investigations are typically required unless complications are suspected.
Nursing Clinical Guidelines
View the evidence table for the Care of the patient post cardiac catheterisation nursing guideline
Please remember to read the
The development of this nursing guideline was coordinated by Charmaine Cini, Nurse Educator, Koala Ward, and approved by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Updated December 2020..