please check out this thread on this forum that is about a week old. someone else posted a similar concern. i posted a whole bunch of weblinks to information specific to icu care. you need to review and learn about icu problems such as heart failure, shock, sepsis and cardiac compromise. you will see patients on ventilators (so respiratory assessment is really important) with endotracheal tubes and trachs. they will have multiple iv lines or central iv lines. these patients are on continuous ekg monitoring.
- a primer on critical care for patients and their families from the american thoracic society. there is a wealth of information here the includes discussions of the purpose of the intensive care unit, common illnesses of patients in the intensive care units, icu devices and procedures (foleys, stomach tubes, arterial catheters, central venous catheters, right heart catheterization, mechanical ventilation, weaning from the ventilator, tracheostomy, lumbar puncture, paracentesis, thoracentesis, chest tubes, bronchoscopy and hemodialysis), making decisions about the end of life, living wills, medical futility, withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments, commonly asked questions, a guideline to advanced directives