- Unique challenges faced by hospital staff in treating critically ill obese patients in an ICU
- Study provides guidance on optimum care for such patients
- Critically ill obese patients in the ICU may require additional care by nurses and frequent monitoring.
- 13.9% high school students were obese
- 35% of people in three states in the U.S were found to be obese (West Virginia, Mississippi and Arkansas)
- 34.9% of adults were obese
Dr. Dambaugh says "With up to a quarter of critically ill patients classified as obese, nurses must be aware of how obesity may change how their patients respond to their illness,".
‘Obese people face more complications during hospitalization in an ICU, prompting greater action against obesity.’
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Recommendations for Critically Ill Obese Patients Based on the Study
- Increased Assessment: The patient might require additional assessment
- Frequent Monitoring: Nurses might need to monitor obese patients more often.
- Increased Need for Intervention: Intervention strategies may have to be utilized more often in critically ill patients classified as obese.
- Progressive Care Unit:The study also recommends that critically ill obese patients who are shifted out of the ICU should be observed in a progressive care unit before shifting to a general unit or discharged home.
Obese patients are at increased risk of complications due to the health implication of the condition. Additional monitoring, as recommended by this study, will enable a better quality of care.