Inpatient rehabilitation after open heart surgery helps patients return to activities of daily living – faster and safer

Memorial Healthcare System received the 2022 U.S. Essential Hospitals Gage Award for its “Keep Your Move in the Tube” program.

“Initiating rehabilitation earlier in a patient’s recovery during their hospital stay and further personalizing it for each individual patient has shown a huge positive impact on patients‘ lives and an increase in overall safety. of our patients.” – Susan Triano, Director of Rehabilitation Services

Open-heart surgery patients can now enjoy a full functional life post-surgery, thanks to a new pre-discharge treatment that uses rehabilitation as a gateway to full recovery. Patients discharged directly home after open-heart surgery have higher survival than patients discharged to post-acute care facilities, making Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute’s personalized rehabilitation program ideal for patients go home and enjoy a better quality of life after open-heart surgery.

Memorial’s program, “Keep Your Move in the Tube: Alternative to Standard Sternal Precautions,” focuses on customizing a program for the patient’s self-identified goals, such as holding a baby after open-heart surgery or going to the Peach. The rehabilitation team simulates activities and role-plays with the patients so that when they are discharged, the patients are safe and thriving.

Previously, as part of their hospital treatment, patients who had undergone open-heart surgery were given strict precautions that limited function and prevented lifting and pushing with the arms – called sternal precautions. These limitations can increase the chances of patients being transferred to a post-acute care facility for additional care, which delays patients from performing some of life’s most common activities.

“Initiating rehabilitation earlier in a patient’s recovery during their hospital stay and further personalizing it for each individual patient has shown a huge positive impact on patients’ lives and an increase in overall safety. of our patients,” said Susan Triano, ClinScD, CCC-SLP, FACHE, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Memorial Regional Hospital. “Open-heart patients have greater freedom of movement and increased functional independence. This evidence-based practice can be adopted by any caregiver to improve outcomes for patients around the world.

Memorial’s goal was to increase the percentage of patients sent home, rather than being transferred to an acute care facility for further management. Prior to the program, 42% of patients were sent directly home and 58% were sent to a secondary facility. In a year and a half of the program’s implementation, 86% left directly at home, 14% left secondary school.

Because of this innovation in care centered on patient safety, Memorial Healthcare System received the 2022 Gage Award from America’s Essential Hospitals. The Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute has become a destination center with best practices in care and outcomes. To learn more and/or make an appointment, visit or call 855-400-6284.

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The Memorial Cardiac & Vascular Institute is a leader in cardiovascular care, offering a wide range of services dedicated to the prevention, detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Its multidisciplinary specialists work together using sophisticated diagnostic equipment and facilities. Outcomes of cardiovascular care are regularly reviewed by committees of physicians and nurses to provide quality assurance using computerized data collection.

Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida is one of the largest hospitals in Florida and is part of the Memorial Healthcare System, one of the largest public health systems in the country. Its wide range of medical services and programs include Memorial Cancer Institute, Breast Cancer Center, Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Neuroscience Center, Comprehensive Weight-Loss Surgery Program, Family Birthplace, Center for Behavioral Health, Sickle Cell Day Hospital, Women’s Services, Fitness and Rehabilitation Center and a Level I Trauma Center.

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