COVID-19 Assessment of a Critically Ill Patient

Carter, Chris and Aedy, Helen and Notter, Joy (2020) COVID-19 Assessment of a Critically Ill Patient. Clinics in Integrated Care, 1. p. 100001. ISSN 2666-8696

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Abstract

With the major scale up of critical care services to respond to the increasing numbers of patients with severe COVID-19 infection, nurses need to be able to rapidly assess patients. While many patients present with signs of viral pneumonia and may develop respiratory failure, it is essential that the subsequent systemic complications are also recognized. Due to the unprecedented numbers of patients requiring critical care, many of them will initially have to be managed in the emergency departments and acute wards until a critical care bed becomes available. In this article, the assessment of a patient with suspected or confirmed severe COVID-19 has been presented initially from a ward perspective, followed by that of critical care, using the Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability and Exposure (ABCDE) approach. This article has been specifically designed to enable nurses to systematically assess patients and prioritise care.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intcar.2020.100001
Date: 17 July 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2019-nCOV assessment COVID-19 critical care SARS-CoV2
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Quality of Care
Depositing User: Chris Carter
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2021 09:38
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 09:40
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9196

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