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acute coronary syndromes, coronary angioplasty, nursing outcomes, percutaneous coronary interventions



  1. Leeper, Barbara MN, RN, CCRN


Percutaneous coronary interventional (PCI) procedures are commonly performed in the United States. The process of caring for this patient population has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, with many of the changes being driven by an evolution in the knowledge base underlying nursing practice. The purpose of this article is to provide a summary and critique of nurse-sensitive outcomes related to patients undergoing PCI procedures and to identify gaps in the literature to provide recommendations for future research. Nursing research on indicators related to costs of care, morbidity, symptom management, functional status, patient/family knowledge, patient responses, behavior, and home/occupational function following PCI are discussed in this review.