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cardiac surgery, caregiver, decreased length of stay



  1. Leske, Jane S. PhD, RN
  2. Pelczynski, Sandra A. MS, RN


Preparing caregivers of cardiac surgery patients for early discharge is an essential component of patient care. This study examined caregiver satisfaction with preparation for discharge in a decreased length of stay cardiac surgery program. Data were obtained from caregivers (N = 53) of cardiac surgery patients discharged on postoperative day 4 or 5. Data were analyzed with regard to caregiver satisfaction with preparedness for discharge, preference for a longer hospitalization, benefit of an earlier discharge, and patient care expectations. Results indicted that the majority of caregivers preferred earlier discharge but did not feel prepared for the responsibility of patient care. Implications for education and support for the caregiver before early discharge are addressed.