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Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) Objectives

Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) Objectives

          The students will be posted in the surgical intensive care unit for a period of two weeks.

General objective:

By the end of the posting students will gain knowledge and skills in caring for clients with surgical condition 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 surgical ICU.

2. Gain knowledge and skills in the use of equipment such as ventilators, pulse oxymeters, diginfuser, defibrillators, cardiac monitors, suction apparatus and other intensive care equipment used in the ICU.

3. Gain skills in the insertion of various catheters such as – Foleys catheter, nasogastric tubes, IV cannulas, gastrostomy feeding,
jejunostomy feeding, gastric lavage, colostomy care, tracheostomy care, surgical wound dressings etc.

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

5. Gain skills in the assisting during emergency and diagnostic or therapeutic procedures such as cardiopoulmonary resuscitation, intubation’s tracheostomy, thoracentesis, abdominal paracentesis, lumbar puncture etc.

6. Learn all the specific protocols followed in case of road traffic accidents, emergency surgeries, and various other major and minor surgeries etc.

7. Complete expected requirements such as care plans, case studies and other procedures and present one patient for clinical presentation.

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

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

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

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