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What does it mean if icu units are restricted?

What does it mean if icu units are restricted?

ICU MD responsible: Icus are "restricted" or "closed" if the ICU is staffed by intensivists devoted entirely to ICU patient care only. The intensivist assumes primary control over the care of all patients in the icu, until such time as they are able to move out of the icu. The care is transfered back to the physician who admitted the patient. A hospital may contain many icus with open and closed statuses. ...Read more

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Is a phone available for family members in icu?

Is a phone available for family members in icu?

It is uncommon: For hospitals to restrict cell phone use anymore. There used to be concerns about emi ( electrical interference) but this proved not to be true. We actually give(loan) our patients families cell phones to carry so we can contact them if we need to. ...Read more

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Is dr. Larry wilson's protocol a successful program?

Is dr. Larry wilson's protocol a successful program?

Uncertain: I disagree with some aspects of recommended treatments such as coffee enemas for detoxification purposes. I find no convincing studies proving benefit. In general, a working liver and healthy kidneys take care of detoxification quite admirably. Talking with people who have undergone treatment and discussing with various physicians and perhaps getting a second opinion would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Why do old people in the icu go crazy?

Why do old people in the icu go crazy?

Not just old people: Severe illness, sleep disturbances and sedative medications used in icu's can all contribute to delirium. It is a major dilemma for health care providers and research into the ideal sedative agents is ongoing. ...Read more

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How often are vitals monitored in icu?

How often are vitals monitored in icu?

It depends: Some pts are in the ICU because of the severity of their disease. They might need invasive ways to monitor their vital signs, which produce a continuous monitoring (i.e. Invasive BP monitoring). Some other pts are there because they may have a complication in the next few hours and they require a more often monitoring than in the regular floors, usually once per hour (i e some post-op pts). ...Read more

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Do most of the patients in an icu die?

Do most of the patients in an icu die?

No: Some icus have sicker patients (higher acuity) than others, but even in these high acuity icus, the large majority of patients survive to make it out of the hospital. {of course, somebody out there will respond with the flippant observation that no ICU patients survive, since everyone eventually dies.}. ...Read more

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What are Operation theater protocols ?

What are Operation theater protocols ?

Rules: I presume rules for operation rooms where students can watch surgeries for educational purposes. ...Read more

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Is there a chapel near most icu units?

Possibly: I suspect it would be uncommon to have a chapel near the ICU itself. However, many hospitals have chapels. Depending on the hospital size, would depend on how close it would be to the icu. ...Read more