Monitoring Patients: What’s New in Intensive Care Setting?
Monitoring (“to monitor”) is a term that involves the observation, actions, measuring, and understanding of many human activities in time. Historically, monitoring started as a physiological measurement problem and probably will end up as an overall assessment of the patient in intensive care. Monitoring is an activity that involves the entire ICU staff: nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and rehabilitation therapists, and dietitians too. Monitoring is based on different operational models implemented in different countries of the world. Nurses, wherever present 24 h a day, often play the role of liaison between the various staff components, ensuring security, continuity, and harmony and coordinating and communicating all aspects of treatment and care that patient needs. Nurses also provide continuous monitoring and caring for patients and equipment and for their interactions.
Monitoring can be instrumental by the use of various technologies, or it can be derived by observation and the use of scales: both systems provide “bed monitoring” that represents the base of all intensive care unit activity.
We purposed MAGIS, a conceptual model to describe intensive care nursing monitoring which will be explained in later chapters.
KeywordsMonitoring Instrumental monitoring Assessment scales Bed monitoring
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