ICU procedures of the critically ill.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients often require urgent, high-risk diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. However, they are particularly vulnerable to procedural complications due to the severity and instability of their illnesses. We discuss the complications associated with bronchoscopy, percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy, pleural interventions for example thoracentesis and chest tube placement, central venous catheterization and pulmonary artery catheterization. Invasive procedures are frequently performed in critically ill patients. It is important for the operator to be familiar with the specific complications of each procedure, as well as steps to take in order to enhance safety and reduce adverse events. High standards of training and credentialing are crucial to ensure that the ICU physicians are proficient in performing these procedures.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Phua, GC; Wahidi, MM

Published Date

  • November 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1092 - 1097

PubMed ID

  • 19909459

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1440-1843

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2009.01643.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Australia