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Generic care of the critically ill patient 

Generic care of the critically ill patient
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Generic care of the critically ill patient
Author(s):

Heather Baid

, Fiona Creed

, and Jessica Hargreaves

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701071.003.0003
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date: 21 September 2019

There are a number of core topics that are central to the generic nursing care of critically ill patients. This chapter covers such fundamental critical care nursing topics as care bundles, infection prevention, fluid management, enteral and parenteral nutrition, anxiety and pain management, sedation, pharmacological paralysis, neuromuscular blockade, sleep promotion, immobility, communication, family care, and non-technical skills. Each topic is presented from the perspective of critical care nursing practice, including both the underpinning knowledge and practical ‘hands-on’ skills. For each topic, reference is made to current research and clinical guidelines where these are available. This chapter provides both novice and experienced critical care nurses with a succinct review of the key aspects of generic critical care nursing practice.

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