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The Intubated Patient: Clinical Management

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 1.5 hours
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Course Summary

When a patient is unable to breathe for himself due to illness, injury, or physical impairment, intubation may provide lifesaving airflow. However, the intubation process is painful and carries its own risks. Appropriate clinical management of the intubated patient is necessary to minimize pain and side effects. Nurses who provide clinical management for intubated patients should monitor vital signs and communicate with the patient, if possible, to gain critical information that may decrease the risk of patient morbidity and mortality.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Post-Intubation Sedation
    1. Indication for Sedation
    2. Type of Sedation
    3. Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale
  3. Analgesia For The Intubated Patient
    1. Pre-emptive Analgesia
    2. Pain Assessment
    3. Effects of Poor Pain Control
  4. Ongoing Management
    1. Ventilator Adjustment
    2. Physiologic Monitoring
      1. Vital Signs
    3. Pneumonia Prevention
    4. Ocular Care
    5. Stress Ulcer Prevention
  5. Communication
  6. Summary


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