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Understanding Virtual ICU

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question, but I'll ask it anyway... I heard of this hospital called Mercy Virtual. It is a virtual ICU. How is this possible? In general, how can ...
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Can isometric exercises preserve independence in seniors with hip fractures?

Can isometric exercises preserve independence in seniors with hip fractures? When a senior person has a hip fracture, there's less than 50% chance of recovery to a pre-fracture level of function. You'...
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How to determine at what percentage an organ is functioning vs. what is expected?

Example: Patient presents acute renal failure that has rapid progression. Patient asks upon consultation “At what percent are my kidneys functioning to what they should be”. Physician responds with “...
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How would oral medication be given to patient in ICU that can't swallow?

How would oral medication be given to patient in ICU that can't swallow? I was told that the tablets are grind and put in water then provided through a tube. Is this true? How would the nurse know the ...
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How much blood can one lose (from internal hemoragging) and live prior to a blood transfusion?

About 5 years ago, I spontaneously experienced acute pancreatitis (not sure why), but fortunately, I was already in the hospital for a foot surgery. Anyway... my pancreas hemorrhaged, and I was rushed ...
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Are there any significant benefits to loud alarms in the ICU?

I read that the loud alarms in the ICU have a deleterious effect on patients' outcomes. Are there any significant benefits to these loud alarms? Otherwise, shouldn't they use some more discrete alarms(...
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How much more accurate are indwelling arterial catheters compared to standard, non-invasive blood pressure monitoring?

I wonder how much more accurate and reliable indwelling arterial catheters are compared to standard, non-invasive techniques to monitor ICU patients' blood pressure.