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Dr. John Sampson
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Critical Care (Overview)

The assessment, treatment and management of patients with life threatening illness who require advanced monitoring and minute by minute adjustment of therapy.


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Why are critical care nurses so important?

Why are critical care nurses so important?

Critical care nurses: Critical care nurses are very important because they have a unique skill set to take care of patients who are so ill that they require support of their basic life functions. Some of these patients rely on mechanical ventilators to help them breath, dialysis machines to replace the function of their kidneys and powerful intravenous medications to support their heart and blood pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. John Sampson
159 doctors shared insights

Critical Care (Overview)

The assessment, treatment and management of patients with life threatening illness who require advanced monitoring and minute by minute adjustment of therapy.


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What exactly does a critical care nurse do?

What exactly does a critical care nurse do?

Critical care nurse: A critical care nurse takes care of patients who are in the intensive care unit. These are the sickest patients in the hospital and have conditions that impair their life functions such as breathing, kidney function, blood pressure control and heart function. ...Read more

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Giving Palliative Care (Checklist)

Make a list of medicines and times to give them
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Keep number for doctors and other caregivers (for example hospice agency) handy
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Who do people get fed who are in critical care?

Who do people get fed who are  in critical care?

Hypermetabolic: Critically ill patients are typically hypermetabolic meaning they're requiring large amounts of energy to repair and maintain normal physiologic systems. This energy requires food to replenish or else muscle will be lost to provide energy stores. Even with feeding, many people have a net loss of weight and muscle mass with critical illnesses. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: critical care?

What is the definition or description of: critical care?

See below: The assessment, treatment and management of patients with life threatening illness who require advanced monitoring and minute by minute adjustment of therapy. ...Read more

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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
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Exercise by walking, swimiming or biking
5x week
Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
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Do some form of meditation to decrease stress
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What are the differences between a nurse and a critical care nurse?

What are the differences between a nurse and a critical care nurse?

Different specialty : Some nurses get extra training to become critical care nurses, since patient require more complex treatments. ...Read more

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What do critical care pharmacists do?

What do critical care pharmacists do?

ICU Pharmacist: A critical care pharmacist is a pharmacist who specializes in the critical care or ICU where the needs of the patient are different than the regular floor of the hospital. They assist the Intensivist by recommending dose adjustment, alternate medication options in addition to preparing the IV mixture of the medication. They are an integral part of the ICU treatment team. ...Read more

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Is critical care cost covered by medicare?

Is critical care cost covered by medicare?

Yes: Generally there is coverage for critical care if you have medicare. Payment is linked to diagnoses and is fixed, so it doesn't cover all charges. However, patient's are only responsible for their deductibles. ...Read more

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How is eclampsia treated by the critical care team?

Manage symptoms: Intensivists work with the obstetricians in a multidisciplinary, multispecialty collaborative practice team. Major treatment is to treat symptoms and manage preeclampsia. Specific treatment may include control of blood pressure, drugs for seizures. The only real treatment is delivery of the baby; the ICU team helps control the symptoms until the OB believes risk/benefit is in favor of delivery. ...Read more

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Are intensive care and critical care the same thing?

Yes: Yes, there are different intensive care unit ( cardiovascular, surgical or medical). The physician practicing in these units are Critical Care physicians. ...Read more

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Do nurses have to be certified in critical care to work in the icu?

No: Training in critical care is a must for rns who work there, but a special certification can be obtained (ccrn) which denotes advanced training and expertise. Rn's have to pass a special test to get this qualification and only a minority of critical care rn's have it. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is normal for critical care doctors to not update family member on a loved ones status?

Not usually: It really depends on which team is the primary team taking care of your loved one. Many times the critical care team is the primary team who is responsible for updating family members as well as providing care. Sometimes however the critical care team is only a consultant team and at the request of the primary team may give minor updates to the family if the primary team wants to take that role. ...Read more

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Which departments in the hospital are considered critical care?

Which departments in the hospital are considered critical care?

ICU: Hi. The intensive care unit may be run by various specialists: medical ICU is usually run by pulmonary critical care, cardiac ICU is run by cardiology, surgical ICU is run by anesthesiologists with surgical input, pediatric ICU and neonatal ICU are run by pediatric intensivists, neurological ICU is run by neurological intensivists. What ICU a patient ends up in depends on patient problem. ...Read more

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What does a critical care medicine specialist do?

ICU: Critical care specialists are trained to take care of the sickest patients in the hospital who require special expertise in complex management of multiple organ systems. They coordinate the care of other specialists and work as the leader of the team managing patients with life threatening illnesses. ...Read more

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What childhood kidney problems require critical care?

What childhood kidney problems require critical care?

Acute renal failure: Hemolytic-uremic syndrome, severe renal trauma/shattered kidney, malignant hypertension, uncontrolled hematuria, hematuria with thrombocytopenia with or without bk virus, overwhelming urosepsis. ...Read more

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What’s the difference between a critical care and an intensive care unit?

Same thing: Different hospitals have different terms for specialized care units that take care of the sickest patients. ...Read more

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Who takes care of my children if they would ever need critical care treatment?

Critical care doc: If your child needs critical care treatment, he/she would presumably be cared for in an intensive care unit (icu), or more specifically a pediatric ICU (picu). The main physicians caring for your child there would be pediatric intensivists and/or surgical critical care specialists. There might be other specialists consulting on the case, too. There would also be ICU nurses and other therapists. ...Read more

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Dr. Rada Ivanov
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Icu Care (Definition)

The ICU setting allows for 24-hour close monitoring and treatment ...Read more