The ICU is the Intensive Care Unit and the CCU is the Cardiac/Coronary Care Unit. They are both intensive care units for patients who need to be cared for by the critical care team. The critical care team consists of nurses, doctors, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, social workers, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.
What is critical illness insurance? Critical Illness insurance, also referred to as Critical Care insurance or Critical Illness coverage, provides a lump-sum cash benefit to help cover expenses associated with a qualifying serious illness. Critical Illness can strike at any time.
Defibrillators are machines that health care providers use to attempt to restore the heart to a normal rhythm. Defibrillators are used during emergency and elective situations. The normal heart rhythm is called "normal sinus rhythm." The rhythm is determined by the EKG monitors that all ICU patients wear.
Continuous infusion usually consists of small pulses of infusion, usually between 500 nanoliters and 10 milliliters, depending on the pump's design, with the rate of these pulses depending on the programmed infusion speed. Intermittent infusion has a "high" infusion rate, alternating with a low programmable infusion rate to keep the cannula open.
For example, a septic patient with a high blood pressure is not as worrying as that same blood pressure in a stroke patient. For the same reasons, an alarm on one of these monitors could be nothing to worry about or a job for the emergency trolley. It all depends - and often is obvious by looking at the patient rather than the monitor.
A ventilator is a type of equipment that is used in the ICU to assist people in breathing when they are unable to do so themselves. The ventilator is attached to a tube placed in the patient's airway so it can deliver breathes into the lungs of the patient.