The thyroid produces several hormones, such as thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3) and calcitonin.
After the removal of a thyroid patients usually take prescribed oral synthetic thyroid hormones to prevent the most serious manifestations of the resultant hypothyroidism.
Inpatient acute surgical unit
- Hyperthyroidism (thyrotoxicosis, Graves’ disease)
- Psychosocial aspects of care
- Surgical intervention
- Patient Assessment Database
- Refer to CP: Hyperthyroidisim (Thyrotoxicosis, Graves’ Disease), for assessment information.
- Discharge plan
- DRG projected mean length of inpatient stay: 2.4 days
- Refer to section at end of plan for postdischarge considerations.
- Reverse/manage hyperthyroid state preoperatively.
- Prevent complications.
- Relieve pain.
- Provide information about surgical procedure, prognosis, and treatment needs.
- Complications prevented/minimized.
- Pain alleviated.
- Surgical procedure/prognosis and therapeutic regimen understood.
- Plan in place to meet needs after discharge.