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The Impact of Prolonged Bed Rest after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Terms of Vascular Complications and Other Patients' Outcomes

Background: The use of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) has achieved extensive importance in the management of Cardiovascular diseases, in order to minimize post-PCI complications. Patients are restricted to bed rest for various periods to prevent vascular complications. Prolonged bed rest may accompany patient’s discomfort such as back pain, fatigue, dissatisfaction and other patient outcomes.Objective: The aim of this paper was to highlight the effect of prolonged bed rest after the PCI procedure in terms of vascular complications and other patient outcomes, and to emphasize the importance of early ambulation post-PCI.Method: Descriptive design has been used with multiple times measurement to assess the impact of prolonging bed rest after percutaneous coronary intervention. 30 patients were selected to describe selected patients’ outcomes including low back pain, puncture site pain, fatigue, comfort, satisfaction, urinary discomfort, hematoma, and bleeding using visual analogue scale (VAS).Results: This paper recommends that early ambulation after percutaneous coronary intervention is safe and practical, consequently leading to higher levels of satisfaction and comfort and lower level of fatigue, low back pain and urinarydiscomfort without jeopardizing patient safety.