Michael V. Jackson, MD
Specialty: Critical Care Medicine
- critical care medicine
- pulmonary & respiratory medicine
Location and Office HoursPulmonary Medicine Associates
236 W 6th
Reno, NV 89503
- Hometown Health Plan
- Banner Churchill Community Hospital
- Northern Nevada Medical Center
- Renown Regional Medical Center
- St Mary's Regional Medical Center
Is there a chapel near the ICU?
Cathy Provins-Churbock, PhD, Critical Care Medicine, answeredThe chapel may or may not be near the ICU but the nursing staff will be able to direct to it. The nursing staff can also help arrange spiritual counseling at the bedside.
Are there support services in the ICU for family members?
When a person is in the ICU, it means they are seriously ill or have recently had surgery. Healthcare providers know that healing is dependent not just on physically healing but also depends on a person's emotional/mental and spiritual state. Family members are worried, fearful and anxious when a loved one is in the ICU. The attitude of family members can have a positive impact on the overall healing process. As such, hospitals often provide support services for family members in how best to support the patient and to help them deal with the possible outcomes of a particular medical problem.
Sometimes, despite the healthcare team's best efforts, there is no good outcome possible. On some occasions, family members will have to deal with end of life issues and may have to exercise their medical power of attorney in dealing with serious healthcare decisions. This is another reason that hospitals provide counselors, chaplains, nurses and others to help families deal with these issues.
If, for some reason, a hospital does not have adequate family care support, then they often have recommendations for such support within the local community.
What are the categories of critical care equipment?
Categories of critical care equipment help stabilize the Airway, Breathing, and Circulation of patients. Here is a list of some of the most common categories of equipment:
1. Electronic patient monitor: comprehensive monitor that records blood pressure, EKG, respiratory rate, and pulse oximetry. Additional parameters can be monitored, depending on the equipment, such as arterial pressure and intracranial pressure (pressure inside the brain).
2. Volumetric infusion pump: provides safe and accurate delivery of intravenous medications, blood products, and parenteral nutrition.
3. Oxygen: provides additional oxygen to patients via mask or plastic tubing, called a nasal cannula.
4. Mechanical ventilator: machine that provides oxygen, volume, and pressure support to patients who have difficulty breathing on their own.
5. Crash cart: cart stocked with supplies, such as a defibrillator and resuscitation bag, that are needed in an emergency medical situation.
6. Sequential compression devices: sleeve placed on patient’s legs or feet to help prevent the development of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs).
7. Foley catheter: flexible tubing inserted into a patient that drains urine.
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