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Nursing Ethics by Nisha Clement

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Chapter 28

Ethical and Legal Issues in Intensive Care Unit

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  1. Meaning, concept and different levels of care in ICU
  2. Types of ICU
  3. Equipments used in ICU
  4. Members in ICU
  5. Ethical and legal issues in ICU
  6. Role and responsibility of nurses in ICU
28.1 INTRODUCTION

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a specially staffed and equipped hospital ward dedicated to the management of patient with life-threatening illnesses, injuries, or complications. Intensive care unit is a specialized department requires special training in handling the patients with serious illness, for example, shock, coronary illnesses, respiratory failure, emergencies in Gastrointestinal Tract (GI) tract, neurologic disorders, obstetric and gynecological disorders, ...

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