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Recovery Plan - Post Operative Day One

Open Heart Surgery Handbook


  • Chair & walk with assistance at least 20 ft - 1 to 2 times.
  • Leg exercises as instructed.
  • Elevate legs while sitting in a chair.

Fluids / Nutrition

  • Ice chips or liquid - advance diet as tolerated.
  • Measure intake and urine output.
  • 10 (6-8 oz) cups of fluids per day.
  • IV fluids or IV capped.
  • daily weight.


  • Oxygen.
  • Chest percussion (clapping on back) every 4 hrs.
  • Inspirometer - 10 times per hr (at least 10 times per day).
  • Heart monitor.
  • Pacemaker wires covered or to pacemaker if applicable.
  • Dressing to incision, chest and legs.
  • Chest tube or remove.


  • Education is ongoing throughout your hospital stay and is based on identified individual needs.
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