The objective of this research was to examine the routine postoperative management of patients who have undergonecarotid endarterectomy and compare the intensive care unit (ICU) with the ward high-dependency unit (HDU) in termsof the number, type, severity, or management of postoperative clinical events within a 48-hour time frame. Two of thevascular surgeons routinely admitted patients to the ICU, and 1 vascular surgeon routinely admitted patients to the wardHDU. This research determines whether there was a difference in outcomes between the 2 groups with the intention ofchanging the practice of the 2 vascular surgeons who routinely admitted their patients to the ICU. This was anonexperimental, descriptive, prospective study of all patients who underwent carotid endarterectomy during an 18-month period between August 1999 and January 2000.
Angel, D., Sieunarine, K., Finn, J., Mackenzie, E., Taylor, B., Kidd, H., & Mwipatayi, B. P. (2004). Comparison of short-term clinical postoperative outcomes in patients who underwent carotid endarterectomy: Intensive care unit versus the ward high-dependency unit. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 22(3), 85-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvn.2004.05.001