Surgical technique of cardiac transplantation was first described in 1960, since the first successful heart transplantation in a human by Christian Barnard in 1967, heart transplantation has evolved from its experimental stage to an established treatment option for patients in end-stage heart failure. While historically most patients undergoing orthotopic heart transplantation suffered from end-stage ischemic or dilated cardiomyopathy, the proportion of patients with congenital heart disease has increased. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is common affecting 0.4-1% of the population. According to the 30th adult heart transplant report, over 110,486 heart transplants were conducted in over 407 centers since 1982 through June 30, 2012. Nurses play a pivotal role in early identification and collaborative management to rehabilitate the patients. A case study is presented in this article. The patient’s clinical presentation, diagnostic measures and management presented along with case report focusing on nursing management.
cardiac transplantation, case study, collaborative and nursing management.