CRITICAL CARE ESSENTIALS

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OBJECTIVES

Develop a systematic method to promote confidence and decrease anxiety during the first five minutes of caring for a critically ill, unstable patient.

Identify the optimal line to use for emergency drug administration when a patient is receiving multiple IV infusions.

List basic measures that can be taken to promote patient safety in the critical care unit.

Describe a practical approach to the routine q 4 hour systems assessment recommended when caring for critically ill patients.

Outline precisely how to perform and document the neuro exam.

Integrate hemodynamic parameters, pharmacokinetics, and basic cardiac physiology in managing patients receiving the following infusions: dopamine, dobutamine, milrinone, neosynephrine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, nitroglycerine, and vasopressin.

Discuss the rationale for titrating individual drugs when caring for a patient receiving multiple vasoactive drips.

Discuss important legal considerations when titrating vasoactive infusions.

Identify appropriate limits to use when evaluating whether or not the ventilator alarms are set correctly.

Describe essential clinical parameters to assess when any ventilator alarm sounds to ensure patient safety.

Discuss how to ensure adequate oxygenation and ventilation when the ventilator "alarm silence" has been activated.

Recognize life-threatening emergencies in the ventilated patient, and intervene accordingly.

Analyze a serum electrolyte panel, identifying abnormalities and indicating important clinical implications when abnormalities occur.

Evaluate an abnormal WBC count and discuss the significance of neutrophils on the differential.

Evaluate hemoglobin/hematocrit, platelets, PT/PTT and INR values in a given clinical situation.

Interpret arterial blood gas reports with confidence.

Given common emergency situations, outline techniques for organization and prioritization of care.

 

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