Wristbands Connect Patients with Care

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Robert Dunton, MD, with patient James Smellie at the Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute

The first month after cardiac surgery is critical. Patients must follow instructions from their doctor to avoid complications such as infection, blood clots or irregular heartbeats. A simple solution helps achieve significant results: Bon Secours Maryview provides their cardiac patients with a red wristband that provides them an emergency contact number for immediate care. The band also serves as a reminder for patients to follow instructions necessary during recovery.

“A key factor is the follow-up care we provide patients the first ten days after discharge, including out-patient nurse visitation and cardiac rehab,” said Robert Dunton, MD, medical director and surgeon at the Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute. “The surgical team meets with the patients, discusses prevention efforts and ensures cardiology and primary care follow-up.”

Bon Secours Maryview reduced cardiac readmission rates from 16 percent towristband heart and vascular institute open heart surgery cardiovascular disease treatment recovery less than 10 percent, a low rate compared to the national rates ranging from 10 to 20 percent.

According to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, cardiac patients should monitor incisions and diet every day and keep a detailed record of prescriptions on hand. It is normal to have swelling, mood swings, muscle tightness, chest “clicking” and sleeplessness within the first few weeks of recovery.

“We’ve found that the red wristband helps patients feel safer and more connected to the heart team,” said Dr. Dunton. “If you adhere to your doctor’s advice, the risks and complications after cardiac surgery decrease significantly.”

The Heart & Vascular Institute at Bon Secours Maryview was recently designated as a Blue Center of Distinction for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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