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Establishing a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit – Special considerations in a limited resources environment

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Annals of Pediatric Cardiology

Source : Annals of Pediatric Cardiology, Volume 3, Number 1, p.40-49 (2010)

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Keywords : analgesic agent, antiarrhythmic agent, antibiotic agent, anticoagulant agent, arterial gas, Blood, breathing apparatus, clinical decision making, clinical pathway, conference paper, conflict management, coronary care unit, cost control, critical illness, data collection method, developing country, economic aspect, essential drug, extubation, family centered care, health care cost, health care manpower, health care personnel, health care policy, health care quality, health care utilization, health economics, heart surgery, hospital management, hospital physician, inotropic agent, intensive care, intensive care unit, laboratory test, leadership, length of stay, medical instrumentation, nitric oxide, nursing staff, Patient monitoring, portable equipment, professional practice, Resource management, sedative agent, staff training, teamwork, vasodilator agent

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Anaesthesiology

Year : 2010

Abstract : Pediatric cardiac intensive care has evolved as a distinct discipline in well-established pediatric cardiac programs in developed nations. With increasing demand for pediatric heart surgery in emerging economies, a number of new programs are being established. The development of robust pediatric cardiac intensive care units (PCICU) is critical to the success of these programs. Because of substantial resource limitations existing models of PCICU care cannot be applied in their existing forms and structure. A number of challenges need to be addressed to deliver pediatric cardiac intensive care in the developing world. Limitations in infrastructure, human, and material resources call for a number of innovations and adaptations. Additionally, a variety of strategies are required to minimize costs of care to the individual patient. This review provides a framework for the establishment of a new PCICU program in face of resource limitations typically encountered in the developing world and emerging economies.

Cite this Research Publication : S. Ga Nair, Kumar, R. Kb, and Balachandran, Rc, “Establishing a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit - Special considerations in a limited resources environment”, Annals of Pediatric Cardiology, vol. 3, pp. 40-49, 2010.

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