Hey there everyone, I am a new graduate on a tele floor and have noticed that different nurses give different information on post cath/pacemaker care directions for when patients go home. My floor doesn't have a standardized set of instructions to send patients home with. I'm wondering if I could get some input on post cath and especially post pacemaker care directions you give patients. For example some nurses tell pacemaker patients not to lift their affected arm above chest height for 2 weeks, while others say they can pretty much right away as long as they aren't lifting any weight. I've also heard some nurses say patients can shower right away as long as the site remains covered for 24 hrs, while others say not to allow the site to become wet for at least 1 week.
I don't have questions about how to take care of these patients when they return to the floor, what to assess for, etc. but unsure about the correct teaching to send them home with, it bothers me that I don't have any set directions! Any help/input would be great.. thank you so much!