Nursing Care for Patient Who Underwent Face Transplant During Intensive Care: A Case Report

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KOL E., İLASLAN E., Aslan N., Kurt F., ÖZKAN Ö., ÖZKAN Ö.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF INTENSIVE CARE-TURK YOGUN BAKIM DERGISI, vol.16, no.3, pp.122-127, 2018 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/tybd.08760
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.122-127
  • Keywords: Face transplantation, nursing care, intensive care, HUMAN FACIAL ALLOTRANSPLANTATION, CUFF PRESSURE, ANESTHESIA, ANXIETY
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


There is restricted information on nursing care and follow-up for patients undergoing face transplantation. After face transplantation, the nursing interventions to follow-up and allayment the patient and the discussion of the responsibilities of the nurse in drug management will contribute significantly to the healing process of the patient. This case involves nursing care in the intensive care period after surgery of the patient with face transplantation. To 26-year-old male patient, a full face transplant including the ears and the scalp was performed. In the post-operative intensive care period; the patient was closely monitored for hemodynamic balance, pain management, with the aim of preserving for infection control and tissue viability. The patient was followed-up for 8 days in the intensive care unit and did not develop any life-threatening problems. The importance of nursing in the care of patients undergoing face transplants is undeniable. Especially in the intensive care process; feeling the presence of the nurse for pain and agitation control, drug management sudden changing hemodynamic status, maintaining patient and environmental safety for infection control is the responsibility of the nurse and are important initiatives that contribute to the patient's recovery. However, the literature on proper nursing care for such an important responsibility is very restricted. This case report is thought to be enlightening for nurses in the care of patients undergoing face transplantation.