ArticlesWhat Every Patient Should Know … Pretransplantation and PosttransplantationBahruth, April J. RN, MS, CNS,C, CCRNAuthor Information From the Department of Patient Care Services, University of Maryland Medical Center, Maryland Heart Center, Baltimore, Md. Corresponding author: April J. Bahruth, RN, MS, CNS,C, CCRN, 8923 Griffin Way, Pikesville, MD 21208 (e-mail: [email protected]). Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: January 2004 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 31-60 Buy Abstract This article addresses an overview of patient education required for the postoperative heart transplant patient. The overall purpose of patient education is to insure the patient and, when appropriate, his or her significant other(s) are provided with education to enhance knowledge, skills, and behavior change. Patient education needs are to be continually assessed, identified, and addressed. Education includes instruction in the specific knowledge and skills needed by the patient and his or her significant other(s) to meet the patient's needs. Health education of the postoperative heart transplant patients may add significant and sustained benefits to their recovery and compliance with regime while reducing costs. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.