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Table 2 Operating theatre nurses’ intraoperative and postoperative routines regarding saphenous vein harvesting

From: Perioperative routines and surgical techniques for saphenous vein harvesting in CABG surgery: a national cross-sectional study in Sweden

VariableOT nurses (N = 62)
Gloves changed after vein harvesting, n (%)
 Always/almost always61 (98.4)
 Sometimes1 (1.6)
 Never/almost never0 (0)
Elastic bandage used intraoperatively, n (%)a
 Always/almost always59 (95.2)
 Sometimes1 (1.6)
 Never/almost never0 (0)
Position changes used to avoid pressure damage, n (%)a
 Always/almost always2 (3.2)
 Sometimes16 (25.8)
 Never/almost never43 (69.4)
Bleeding control of the leg wound during ECCb, n (%)
 Yes19 (30.6)
 No43 (69.4)
Suturing the leg/legs, n (%)
 Attending in cardiothoracic surgery6 (9.7)
 Resident in cardiothoracic surgery13 (21.0)
 Intern29 (46.8)
 OR nurse4 (6.5)
 Other10 (16.0)
Drain to the leg, n (%)
 Always/almost always0 (0)
 Sometimes11 (17.7)
 Never/almost never51 (82.3)
Clots and blood removed before dressing, n (%)
 Always/almost always59 (95.2)
 Sometimes3 (4.8)
 Never/almost never0 (0)
Cleaning solution before dressing, n (%)
 Sodium chloride2 (3,2)
 Chlorhexidine 5 mg/ml in 70% ethanol43 (69.4)
 Other chlorhexidine solutions17 (27.4)
Semipermeable dressing on the leg/legs, n (%)a
 Always/almost always32 (51.6)
 Sometimes0 (0)
 Never/almost never26 (41.9)
Nonpermeable dressing on the leg/legs, n (%)a
 Always/almost always28 (45.2)
 Sometimes3 (4.8)
 Never/almost never28 (45.2)
Dressing application on the leg/legs, n (%)
 Attending in cardiothoracic surgery1 (1.6)
 Resident in cardiothoracic surgery3 (4.8)
 Intern7 (11.3)
 OR nurse50 (80.6)
 Other1 (1.6)
Elastic bandage used after the leg wound is dressed, n (%)a
 Always/almost always56 (90.3)
 Sometimes3 (4.8)
 Never/almost never2 (3.2)
Compression stocking used after the leg wound is dressed, n (%)a
 Always/almost always11 (17.7)
 Sometimes0 (0)
 Never/almost never50 (80.6)
Leg compression, n (%)a
 Lower limb20 (32.3)
 Whole leg41 (66.1)
 No compression0 (0)
  1. aMissing answer from OT nurse/nurses
  2. bECC Extracorporeal Circulation