MonitorCaring for patients in critical care requires the use of special monitoring equipment and often the insertion of specialized catheters or devices. These are used to help diagnose, monitor and treat the patient’s illness. Although many of the devices used are invasive (they must be inserted into the patient’s body), the potential benefit of inserting any device is always carefully weighed against any possible risk to the patient.

Nurses, Respiratory Therapists and Physicians have received additional training in the use of any specialized equipment.

The physicians will discuss the plan of care with the patient (if possible) and family. We will do our best to inform you in advance of the specific plans but you should understand that, in general, any of these devices or treatments may be needed.

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Last Reviewed: October 23, 2014

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