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Clinical skills in critical care 

Clinical skills in critical care
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Clinical skills in critical care
Author(s):

Graham Nimmo

and Ben Shippey

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199600830.003.0013
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date: 16 February 2020

This chapter provides a framework for the learning and teaching of both technical and non-technical skills. There is a deliberate weighting towards decision-making and behavioural skills because of their prevalence in practice, the importance of delivering them reliably, and the need to increase their profile in our wards, classrooms, skills centres, and curricula. The practice of clinical intensive care requires the application of a huge range of clinical skills each of which has its own knowledge base and where each necessitates the acquisition of a technique. It is necessary to consider the application of these skills in the ‘messy’, sometimes chaotic environment of the intensive care unit where multiple critically-ill patients are simultaneously requiring individual input and at the same time relatives require support, learners need teaching, and time and attention are invested in the crucial processes of audit, quality improvement and research.

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