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Procedures in the Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units 

Procedures in the Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units
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Procedures in the Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Author(s):

Matthew Read

and Christopher V. Maani

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190495756.003.0028
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date: 20 August 2019

Bedside procedures in the ICU are an integral component of critical care medicine. Anesthesiologists who are assigned to the ICU must adapt principles of safe and effective anesthesia practice to this novel outside-of-the-operating-room environment. There are several reasons for surgical procedures to sometimes be performed at the bedside in the ICU, such as the avoidance of transporting unstable patients from the ICU to the OR, or the lack of adequate time to mobilize resources to perform an urgent procedure in the OR. Readiness of the entire ICU team is essential to avoid compromising care due to production pressure or lack of standards routine to the OR environment. This chapter discusses the types of procedures performed in the ICU and reviews the requirements of performing them successfully.

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