Journal of Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine 2011 , Vol 2, Issue 1
Nursing Care of Critically Ill Patients
Banu Terzi 1 , Nurten Kaya 2
1İstanbul Üniversitesi İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Hizmetleri Müdürlüğü, İstanbul, Türkiye
2İstanbul Üniversitesi Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Yüksekokulu, Hemşirelik Esasları Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye

In intensive care units, which are defined as centers where many life saving instruments are used most frequently, many invasive treatment interventions are applied to patients without their consent. These interventions also affect the physiological and psychological recuperation progress adversely. It is only possible for patients in intensive care units to be unaffected or minimally affected by these poor conditions by individualized nursing care. In this direction, nurses working in the intensive care units should diagnose the problems of patients in their care,rapidly define care objectives, plan nursing interventions and put them to work and evaluate the outcomes of their applications well. It is believed that this article would be a guide for nurses working in the intensive care unit environment.

Keywords : Intensive care unit, nursing care, nursing process, critically ill patient