Identifying Cardiorespiratory Insufficiency Outside the ICU
The pressure to increase intensive care unit (ICU) bed availability continues to grow as the need to streamline patient throughput in acute care facilities intensifies across the world. Thus, patients with higher illness acuity levels are transferred from ICUs and into step-down units for continued monitoring via non-invasive monitoring tools. These non-invasive tools include electrocardiography, automated sphygmomanometer and pulse oximetry to give estimates of heart rate (HR) and respiratory rate (RR), blood pressure (BP) and peripheral arterial oxygen saturation (Sp02), respectively.
KeywordsTral Rosen Balan Silber
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 10.Schmid A (2007) Frequency and pattern of medical emergency team activation among medical cardiology patient care units. Crit Care Nurse Q 30: 81–84Google Scholar