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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Caring for a Patient with Atrial Septal Defect: Nursing Considerations

Background: Congenital Heart Disease affects a significant population of children and adults. Life expectancy is decreased in patients with congenital heart defects and quality of life may be vastly diminished without appropriate nursing and medical care. Purpose of Literature Review: To develop evidence based recommendations for providing optimal nursing care to patients with atrial septal defects. Research Findings: This review indicates that congenital heart disease is under-diagnosed in newborns due to its frequent initial asymptomatic appearance. Nursing education and protocols for early recognition are critical as early surgical intervention ensures the best outcome for these patients. The professional nurse’s role in genetic education/counseling can also play a vital role in the diagnosis of prenatal congenital heart disease. Nutritional assessments, appropriate socio/cognitive developmental tracking and interventions to assist with healthy development of a positive self-concept should be nursing priorities.

Presenter: Jessica Jackson (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Nursing
Location: 26 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)