21360 - Critical Care Nursing (BO2)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Guglielmo Imbriaco
  • Credits: 2
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Nursing (cod. 8473)

Course contents

  • Definition of the key-concept of "critical care"
  • Characteristics of the intensive care units (structure, equipment, staffing)
  • Monitoring in the intensive care unit
  • Tools and evaluation scales in the critical care setting:
    • Glasgow Coma Scale - GCS
    • Richmond Agitation e Sedation Scale (RASS)
    • Behavioral Pain Scale (BPS)
    • Critical Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT)
    • Braden scale and risk assessment of pressure injuries
    • Prehospital emergency medical systems: history, legislation, organization and future persepctives
  • Patients’ care in the prehospital emergency setting:
    • nursing algorithms (Emilia-Romagna region, 2016)
    • ABCDE approach
    • chest pain nursing management
    • trauma
    • cardiac arrest
    • pain treatment in the prehospital environment
  • Nursing care in the Emergency Department: Triage and fast-track pathways: stroke, trauma, and acute coronary syndromes
  • Airway management, from basic to advances techniques: oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal cannulae, tracheal intubation, extra-glottic devices (laryngeal tube, laryngeal mask), tracheal introducers, optical laryngoscopes, fibroscopy and fiberoptic intubation
  • Mechanical ventilation:
    • pressure-control and volume-control, controlled and assisted modalities, materials and nursing management (pulmonary ventilators, circuits, tracheal suctioning, humidification systems)
  • Non-invasive ventilation (NIV):
    • modalities (CPAP and Bi-Level), devices (face masks, nasal masks, and helmet) and nursing management
  • Nursing for neurosurgical patients and traumatic brain injuries
    • Intracranic pressure and cerebral perfusion pressure monitoring
    • Drainages
  • Vascular accesses in the emergency setting and in the intensive care unit:
    • central venous catheters (CICC, FICC, PICC), rationale and management
    • arterial catheters and invasive pressure monitoring
    • Intraosseous access
  • Patient care in the intensive care unit
    • Interventional Patient Hygiene Model
    • Body hygiene and skin care
    • Eye care
    • Oral care
  • CRRT – continuous renal replacement therapy, indications, methods, materials and nursing management
  • Patient’s centered care in the critical setting
    • Characteristic of patients in the ICU setting: complications and preventive strategies
    • Prevention of health care associated infections in the ICU setting
    • Delirium in the critically ill patient
    • Nutritional facts in the ICU
    • ACBDE bundle

Office hours

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