General Considerations

  • Heidi L. Frankel
  • Mark E. Hamill


As ICU patient volume and acuity increase, there has been a parallel growth in the use of technology to assist in management. Several issues must be considered when determining where and how to perform certain procedures in critically ill and injured patients. Much forethought and planning are required to establish a successful intensive care unit (ICU)-based procedural environment – from concerns regarding the availability and reliability of pertinent equipment to more complex issues of acquiring competency and pursuing credentialing. It is essential to pay adequate attention to these general ­considerations to ensure that ICU-based procedures are accomplished with equivalent safety and results as those performed in more traditional settings.


Intensive Care Unit Intensive Care Unit Setting Percutaneous Tracheostomy Intensive Care Unit Staff Central Venous Catheter Placement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Trauma Acute Care and Critical Care SurgeryShock Trauma Center, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterHersheyUSA

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