Perioperative Nursing Management of Donor and Recipient Patients Undergoing Face Transplantation

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Individuals with debilitating facial injuries and deformities have achieved significant improvement of aesthetic form and function after undergoing a face transplantation. The involvement of surgical technologists and perioperative nurses in the care of the recipient and donor plays a critical role in the success of these procedures. There are unique challenges that staff members may be presented with when caring for a donor and recipient undergoing a face transplantation, including less comfort with and knowledge of the surgical procedure and instrumentation, an increased amount of equipment and personnel in the OR, donor and recipient admission and discharge care, and increased shift length. At New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, we have developed a comprehensive process to prepare staff members to care for patients undergoing face transplantation.

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