Patient Supervision

  • M. Obladen


The best “monitor” is the intelligent, concerned, and experienced nurse who is in constant attendance with the critically ill infant. She should be completely informed about the condition of the neonate for whom she is caring in regard to course of illness, physical findings, diagnosis, and therapeutic plans [8]. Besides caring for the infant and administering the prescribed therapy, her duties include observation of the infant and the documentation of changes in his condition. Only in her hands do the various electronic monitoring devices become valuable tools in the treatment of the critically ill neonate. The number and quality of the nursing staff are the limiting factors for all intensive care efforts [2]. A monitor does nothing of its own volition. It is both detached and uncritical, and it is not a labor-saving device.


Heart Rate Variability Preterm Infant Central Venous Pressure Apneic Episode Electronic Monitoring Device 
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