1. Clerking - standard clerk-in procedure with modifications for thoracic surgery

  2. Admission checklist and how to make a plan for the patient

  3. Note taking - if it isn’t recorded it didn’t happen

  4. Setting up the patient in recovery

  5. Daily chores

  6. Weekend plan - leaving a useful summary for your colleagues covering for the weekend

  7. Discharge plan - if you don’t want your beds blocked, start your discharge plan on admission, or better still, at the pre-assessment clinic

  8. Thromboprophylaxis

  9. Anti-platelet agents and anti-coagulants

  10. Treating supraventricular tachycardias

Ward management of Thoracic patients