Caring for Critical In-Patients
651 Warwick Road
Taking care of critically ill patients can be very rewarding, if at times also quite challenging. Although they vary to some extent in terms of their importance, there are many things to remember when looking after critical patients including medical, nursing and non-clinical factors. The daily use of a checklist can be extremely helpful for making sure that we do not overlook anything important – a patient care safety net as it were. In this course we will work through one such checklist which includes for example fluid balance, pain management, nutritional status and physiotherapy considerations amongst others. We will dip into different parts of the checklist in more or less detail focusing in particular on the crucial role that the nurse plays in the care of critical patients.
Specific areas to be covered.
• To appreciate the key role of the nurse in the management of critically ill patients
• To get a good understanding of the factors involved in caring for critically ill patients
• To be comfortable with key aspects such as monitoring of vital parameters and pain management