Critical Care Nursing

Critical care nursing focuses on the best possible quality care for the critically ill patients. This course aims to provide knowledge on some important concepts related to critical care nursing.

Introduction of the course Critical care nursing focuses on the best possible quality care for the critically ill patients. Nurses working in critical care areas should be skilled enough to assess & monitor the patient, provide urgent care and safeguard the patient from any potential infections or complications. This course aims to provide knowledge on some important concepts related to critical care nursing. Course Objectives: By the end of the module the nurse will be able to:

  • Analyze and interpret ECG readings
  • Apply the knowledge related to fluid and electrolyte balance while caring for patients
  • Effectively counsel the patients & patient relatives
  • Demonstrate skills in back care and pressure sore management, oxygen administration and ryles tube feeding
  • Recognize the abnormalities in ABG analysis
  • Demonstrate skills in performing CPR and using the AED
  • Discuss causes and types of head injury and ICP monitoring
  • Assess level of consciousness using Glasow coma scale
  • Explain the management if critically ill patients
  • Effectively manage stress at work place

Curriculum For This Course

Critical care nursing focuses on the best possible quality care for the critically ill patients. Nurses working in critical care areas should be skilled enough to assess & monitor the patient, provide urgent care and safeguard the patient from any potential infections or complications. This course aims to provide knowledge on some important concepts related to critical care nursing.

This module describes in brief about normal ECG and the variations from normal ECG such as sinus tachycardia, sinus bradycardia, atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation etc. It also explains the nurse’s role in taking ECG.

This module deals with some basics of how the fluid and electrolyte balance is maintained in the body. It also discusses the causes, symptoms and management of fluid volume deficit and fluid volume excess.

This module describes the purposes and methods of oxygen administration. It also explains the benefits of each method of oxygen delivery and nurses role while administering oxygen.

This module describes in depth about pressure sores and how to manage it. It explains the functions of the skin, the risk factors, use of Braden scale to assess the patients at of developing bed sores. It also focuses on prevention of bed sores.

This module describes the procedure on Ryles tube feeding. It lists the indications for ryles tube feeding, principles involved, precautions to be taken and the equipment required. It also explains the procedure for insertion, removal and feeding of the patient.

This module gives detailed information on ABG analysis. It describes the acid base relationship and the causes of abnormal ABG’s. The module also explains the general approach to ABG interpretation.

This module reviews the steps to performing quality CPR, demonstrates techniques of quality CPR and the effective use of an AED. It also includes the steps to take once the patient has return of a pulse after a cardiac arrest event.

This module describes the indications for central venous access, selection of appropriate site and the procedure of central venous access. It also explains how to use a central line effectively, the complications of CV access.

This module describes the basic anatomy of brain, causes and types & morphology of head injury. The module also details about Glasgow Coma Scale, assessing the patient’s level of consciousness using the scale, intracranial pressure and its monitoring.

This module deals with the nurse’s role in the management of critically ill patients. It includes positioning of patient, prevention of aspiration, care of eyes and skin, nutrition, care of bladder, physiotherapy and prevention of deep vein thrombosis.

This module aims at strengthening the counselling skills of the nurses while they are taking care of patients. It explains some of the therapeutic communication skills that can be used by the nurses.

This module explains how a nurse can manage stress at her work place. It describes the symptoms of stress and the methods of dealing with it.

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