Progressive Care of Obese Patients
Obese patients have complex needs that complicate their care during hospitalization. These patients often have comorbid conditions, including hypertension, heart failure, obstructive sleep apnea, pressure ulcers, and difficulty with mobility. Obese patients may be well served in the progressive care setting because they may require more intensive nursing care than can be delivered in a general care unit. Progressive care nurses have core competencies that enable them to safely and effectively care for obese patients. A plan of care with interdisciplinary collaboration illustrates the integrative care for obese progressive care patients. (Critical Care Nurse. 2016; 36:58–63)
Dambaugh, Lori and Ecklund, Margaret M. (2016). "Progressive Care of Obese Patients." Critical Care Nurse 36.4, 58-63.
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