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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
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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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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
daily
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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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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Dr. Rada Ivanov
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Icu Care (Definition)

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