A Guide to Patient Care

Supports that may be used to help your loved one

Patient Bed and EquipmentThe systems of the body are all interconnected. Critical care involves a concern for all aspects of a person.

The list below will help you begin to understand what each body system does and what problems may arise. Each section also explains some of the monitors used, and the therapies and procedures used to identify and treat some health problems seen in intensive care.

Lungs and Breathing

Heart and Circulation

Brain, Spinal Cord, and Nerves

Gastrointestinal System

Kidneys and Bladder

Skin and Surgical Incisions


Social, Emotional, and Spiritual Support


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