Critical Care Medicine 101
Patients in the ICU need to be managed by doctors who can see the “big picture,” be able to integrate and understand the patients’ complex multi-system disease, and formulate an integrative plan that is evidence based, systematic, and is in keeping with the patients’ treatment goals and values while being consistent with reality. Intensivists are realists who provide physiologically based interventions with the goal of limiting disease and improving outcomes; voodoo and other fantasy-based treatments have no role in the ICU. This chapter reviews the concepts and basic interventions which should be addressed when admitting a “generic patient” to the ICU. A number of issues need to be addressed regardless of the type of ICU to which the patient is being admitted and the patient’s diagnosis.
KeywordsDeep Venous Thrombosis Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis Deep Venous Thrombosis Prophylaxis Sequential Compression Device Critical Care Team
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