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A guide to the adult intensive care unit

Frost, Paul John and Wise, Matthew Peter 2008. A guide to the adult intensive care unit. British Journal of Hospital Medicine 65 (Supp 5) , m74-m77. 10.12968/hmed.2008.69.Sup5.29376

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An intensive care unit (ICU) is a designated area offering facilities for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of multiple organ failure and represents the highest level of continuing patient care. It requires a minimum of one to one nursing, monitoring of numerous physiological variables and provision of multiple organ support. Illnesses that precipitate ICU admission are frequently unanticipated and associated with a high mortality and morbidity. It is not surprising then, that many trainee doctors can find visits to the ICU intimidating and stressful. Moreover a lack of awareness of common ICU policies and practices can result in clinical errors that adversely affect patient care. An elementary knowledge of ICU design, intensive care organization and adherence to some simple visiting rules allows trainee doctors to avoid many of these pitfalls.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
ISSN: 1750-8460
Last Modified: 23 May 2019 05:01

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