Ok, just thinking out loud here...our care plan on CEAs are being updated now too..we've been using the same one that is used for neuro patients.
Neuro vitals, BP monitoring and the possible use of Nipride/Neosynephrine; all our CEA's come to the unit with arterial lines. Carotids coming to our unit are usually seen as "easy" patients but they can be touchy if their BP is hard to control. Vascular surgeon usually writes to maintain MAP between 70-100, 80-90, something along those lines, at his preference. BP is our biggest concern, along with of course neuro assessment. Gotta watch out for bleeding too. Pain control.
Personally, I'd rather NOT have a carotid patient...somehow I always seem to get the cranky, hypertensive, nauseated, 94 people in the family waiting room, just-get-me-outta-here-I-hate-this-place kinda patient
. Give me a big ole AAA repair anytime.