Moving to Farr 10
Your Stay on Farr 10
Although recovery times vary from patient to patient, and complications are unpredictable, you can anticipate being in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) for the first 24 hours following your surgery. Once you leave the SICU, you will move to Farr 10, our inpatient transplant unit for the rest of your hospital stay. You will learn how to care for yourself here so you will feel confident and comfortable when you are ready to go home.
Out of Bed
You will be out of bed and walking with assistance by the second or third day after your operation. We will give you fluids to drink 48 to 72 hours after the surgery, and you can begin to eat solid foods when you can tolerate them. Barring any complications, you could go home from the hospital within 7 to 14 days.
While in the hospital, staff will:
- Order blood tests to be drawn at least once a day
- Take your temperature and blood pressure several times a day
- Weigh you every day
- Check your incision several times a day and change the dressing as needed
- Empty the catheter and drain bags
- Adjust your intravenous lines
- Help you learn about your medications; symptoms to watch for at home; specific diet requirements; and any needed post-op care
- Help you prepare in numerous ways to go home or to another facility, such as making sure you can bathe and walk by yourself, take your medications properly, change your dressing, and empty any drains
More about Your Daily Care
While you are on the transplant unit, you will continue coughing and deep breathing exercises to keep your lungs clear of fluid. Your nurses will also encourage you to get out of bed and walk around your room and down the hall at least three times a day. Walking increases your blood circulation, helps relieve gas pains, and helps maintain your muscle tone.
Some people have trouble sleeping while in the hospital, and some people experience strange dreams that seem very real. Many transplant recipients also report memory problems after the surgery. These problems are temporary. Talk with your doctor if this persists or troubles you. Your appetite and energy level will not be the same as it was before the surgery. In general these will return to baseline within a few weeks of the transplant.
For a detailed, day-to-day description of your care on Farr 10, click here to download "A Guide to Your Daily Care."
Our Nursing Staff
Our nurses at BIDMC are the heart and soul of patient care delivery. Nursing's dedication to compassionate care is one of the medical center's guiding strengths. Patients, peers and colleagues recognize our nurses for their valued expertise and proficiency.
Patient satisfaction surveys applaud nurses throughout the medical center, including those who are part of our Transplant Center, for their exemplary efforts in meeting patient needs.
Transplant Center nurse coordinators and nurses on staff in PACU, SICU and Farr 10 have extensive experience with the post-transplant patient. They are often the best resource for patients and families when there are questions regarding your care.
The transplant nurse coordinator will follow you during your evaluation and after transplant to ensure continuity of care.
A physical therapist will visit you post-transplant, and may have seen you pre-transplant. Our therapists will help you regain your strength and teach you how to move about more comfortably.
Case Management Services
Case managers constantly monitor your progress. They help develop a discharge plan, including decisions about whether you should move to a facility for rehabilitation or arrange for home care services. They work with you and your family to set up these and any additional services you might need.
Social Work Services
A social worker will also see you, and perhaps your family, to help with coping strategies, home arrangements, and any other issues surrounding your transplant.