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Neuro Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Objectives

Neuro Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

          The students will be posted in the NICU for a period of time.

General objective :

     By the end of the posting students will gain in-depth knowledge and skills in caring for clients with various neurological disorders, head injuries, neuromuscular disorders, degenerative neurological disorders, seizure disorders and neurosurgical disorders requiring intensive care and will also gain skills in handling the equipment used in the unit.

Specific objectives :

By the end of their posting students will:

1. Learn the physical setup of the NICU.

2. Provide individualized holistic care to the patient assigned to them using the nursing process.

3. Gain knowledge and skills in the use of equipment such as ventilators, pulse oxymeters, diginfuser, defibrillators, cardiac monitors, suction.

4. Learn about the neurological assessment of patients using the glass-cow coma scale, monitor intracranial pressure, and the specific investigations done for these patients such as EEG, EMG, EVP, etc..

5. Gain skills in the management of patients with various neurological disorders and do surgical wound dressings etc.

6. Gain knowledge and skills providing care to patients with different levels of consciousness.

7. Learn the specific protocols followed in case of patients with head injuries, coma, vertebral disorders, hydrocephalous etc.
8. Complete expected requirements such as care plans, case studies and other procedures and present one patient for clinical presentation.

9. Learn and administer medications and IV fluids as per doctor’s orders.

10. Maintain kardex and nurses notes for each patient and provide specific and relevant health education to each patient.

11. Provide complete physical, spiritual, emotional, and promote the health status of the patient and the family members.

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