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The patient in the critical care environment

Sheila K. Adam and Sue Osborne

in Oxford Handbook of Critical Care Nursing

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Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199215904
Published online August 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199597963 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199215904.003.03

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

The patient in the critical care environment

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Stress: the physiological response - Stressors in critical care - Anxiety and fear - Pain - Management of pain - Delirium - Sedation - Sedative drugs - Communication - Patient perceptions of critical care - Sensory imbalance and temporal disorientation - Diurnal rhythm and sleep disturbance - The dying patient: non-escalation or withdrawal of treatment - The dying patient: supporting family and loved ones

Chapter.  6087 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Critical Care

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