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A program for inservice education in an intensive coronary care unit.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Nursing clinics of North America
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
1
Pages
87–93
Identifiers
PMID: 20737973
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Education of the nurse for coronary care includes training in external cardiac massage, proper ventilation techniques, monitoring techniques, a working knowledge of electrocardiographic arrhythmias, artifacts and precatastrophic situations. An intensive care unit nurse must keep in mind that the monitoring equipment only enhances her power of observation, and that no degree of electronic superiority can ever replace a nurse's interpretation of her observation or her vigilance and skill. She must be the ever faithful sentinel constantly alert to the slightest change in these critically ill patients. The development and activation of an educational program that provides an adequate background of knowledge and an opportunity for the mastery of the techniques utilized in the medical therapy are essential for the achievement of the goal of intensive care-the reduction of morbidity and mortality and the preservation of a functional human life.

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