Bachelor's degree in Nursing (to qualify as a nurse) (Verona)

Critical nursing care [Matricole pari] - INFERMIERISTICA IN SITUAZIONI DI CRITICITA'

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Name of lecturer
Stefano De Togni
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INF VR - 3° anno 1° sem dal Oct 17, 2016 al Dec 22, 2016.

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Lesson timetable

INF VR - 3° anno 1° sem

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Learning outcomes

1. Recognize critical situations in patients between practice settings.
2. Describe the clinical evolution monitoring interventions, support of compromised function and prevention of complications.
3. Describe the specific strategies support for the adaptation of the patient and family in ICU.


1. critical and critical care patient: the care peculiarities.
2. Supervision and monitoring of the patient with neurological and cardiorespiratory instability:
a. Indications of instability in critically ill patients. Monitoring of vital signs predictive clinical aggravation: the EWS (Early Warning Score) The National Early Warning Score
b. Monitoring and management of respiratory function:
- Invasive ventilation: purposes and management of endotracheal intubation and artificial ventilation; monitoring and prevention strategies of early and late complications related to endotracheal intubation and respiratory device;
- Non-invasive ventilation: indications, contraindications, monitoring and adaptation strategies and prevention of complications in the NIV;
- Tracheotomy: indications, main types of access, tracheal stoma care, patient care tracheostomy feeding and phonation.
c. assessment indicators and monitoring of neurologic function.
d. Monitoring and management of cardiovascular function: indications and management of invasive blood pressure monitoring and PVC.
3. Monitoring, expected effects, side effect, interactions and responses to intravenous complex drug treatments.
4. Impact of stay in the ICU:
- Hemodynamic changes related to the maneuvers of nursing and transportation;
- Peculiarities in critical care patient’s hygiene and infection prevention;
- Prevention of pressure ulcers and pressure ulcers related to medical device;
- Stress and adaptation of the patient and the family.

Assessment methods and criteria

Integrated exam with others of the same teaching modules. Written test consisting of 60 quizzes (10 per module) multiple choice.


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