The physiotherapy management of patients undergoing coronary artery surgery: A questionnaire survey

Beatrice Tucker, Sue Jenkins, Kim Davies, Romola McGann, Julie Waddell, Rebecca King, Vanessa Kirby, Colin Lloyd

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Abstract

The current physiotherapy management of patients undergoing coronary artery surgery in 22 public and 13 private hospitals across Australia and New Zealand was examined using a questionnaire survey. Respondents were asked to identify assessment and treatment techniques used in the pre- and post-operative management. An 83 per cent response from physiotherapists was obtained. Ninety-four per cent of respondents reported that pre-operative assessment was performed routinely. Eighty-nine per cent of respondents indicated that all patients were treated routinely by physiotherapists in the post-extubation period. Positioning and deep breathing exercises were the most commonly used techniques for patients post-extubation. Factors determining treatment choice and the impact of research on current physiotherapy practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Physiotherapy
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1996
Externally publishedYes

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