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Managing emergencies 

Managing emergencies
Managing emergencies

Heather Baid

, Fiona Creed

, and Jessica Hargreaves

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date: 18 September 2019

Emergency situations may occur more frequently in critical care than in other hospital departments, so the critical care nurse must have a knowledge of the prompt and effective management of common emergency situations. This chapter reviews the indicators, causes, management, and treatment of cardiac arrest, and describes recent changes to the advanced life support guidelines. The correct diagnosis, common triggers, management, and treatment of anaphylaxis are then described. Massive haemorrhage is defined, and an ABC approach to its assessment and management is outlined. Critical care departments are an integral part of the contractual responsibility of NHS trusts to ensure appropriate preparedness, resilience, and response, and the chapters ends by considering how critical care units may be involved in preparing for health emergencies.

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