The cardiovascular operating room nurse usually prepares the operating room and ensures sterile procedures are followed. The nurse may clean the surgical incision site, assist with sedation, and provide medication during the procedure. The CVOR nurse may also assist with operating cardiopulmonary bypass machines.

Common surgical procedures CVOR nurses may assist in include:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Insertion of a pacemaker
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion
  • Maze surgery
  • Aneurysm repair
  • Heart transplant
  • Insertion of ventricular assist device (VAD)
  • Total artificial heart insertion (TAH)
  • Transcatheter structural heart surgery
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