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Procedures in Critical Care
The ICU Bed
chest percussion; decubitus ulcer; intensive care unit; trendelenburg position.
Introduction, Definitions and Terms, Techniques, Clinical Pearls and Pitfalls, Suggested Reading
Intensive care unit (ICU) patients can develop a variety of complications related to prolonged immobilization and recumbent positioning while in the ICU, and, increasingly, obese patients present a number of specific challenges. ICU beds have a common set of capabilities, and a variety of specialty ICU beds have been developed for specific patient populations (Figure 2-1) including patients at risk for decubitus ulcers, obese patients, patients with fractures. A standard ICU bed typically has electric and manual controls, side rails, wheels and a brake, a removable headboard to allow procedures (ie, endotracheal intubation, vascular access) from the head of the bed, and intravenous (IV) pole mounts...."
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