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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
MIRANDA, Adriana de Fátima Alencar et al. Evaluation of pain intensity and vital signs in the cardiac surgery postoperative period. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.2, pp.327-333. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342011000200004.
The objective of this study is to analyze the changes in vital signs of postoperative cardiac surgery patients, according to the referred pain intensity. This descriptive-exploratory study was performed using quantitative analysis to investigate 38 patients submitted to a first dressing change. The analysis of the data, measured before and after performing the nursing procedure, indicated that the manifestation of pain occurred at different levels. The main changes in vital signs referred to blood pressure. In conclusion, there is a relationship between pain intensity and vital signs, and the care that is delivered is indispensible to reestablishing the health state of the postoperative patient.
Keywords : Pain; Thoracic surgery; Pain measurement; Vital signs; Nursing care.