Even though many people have surgeries throughout their lives, it is still considered to be a risky procedure. The anesthesia and other things could go wrong. There is always that possibility. So, even after the surgery, there may be complications that arise as a result of the surgical procedure. This time is called the postoperative period.
Usually, following a surgery, the patient will be monitored to make sure that they do not experience any problems that should be taken care of at the hospital. Many times after a person is discharged from the hospital, they may come back because they are bleeding or something went wrong. After receiving anesthesia, the patient may have problems with their airways so the nurse will need to maintain a airway for the patient.
The nurses first priority for the postoperative client is to maintain a patent airway because lack of a patent airway is rapidly fatal. The nurse should check for bleeding, monitor the vital signs, and promote urine output after airway patency has been established.