CHART SMART: Documenting preoperative education

August 2006 
Volume 36  Number 8
Pages 71 - 71
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PATIENT TEACHING before surgery can reduce your patient's anxiety, reduce her perception of postoperative pain, shorten the length of hospital stay, and improve her satisfaction with her health care. If she approves, be sure to include her significant others in your teaching. Accurately documenting what you taught them—and any barriers they have to learning—also helps protect you and your facility from liability if legal problems arise.

Let's look at the three main areas of educational need:

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