14. Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Obese Patient

  1. Ali A. El Solh MD, MPH2,3,4
  1. Margaret E. McAtee MN, RN ACNP-BC CCRN

Published Online: 19 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119962083.ch14

Critical Care Management of the Obese Patient

Critical Care Management of the Obese Patient

How to Cite

McAtee, M. E. (2012) Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Obese Patient, in Critical Care Management of the Obese Patient (ed A. A. El Solh), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119962083.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, USA

  2. 3

    Critical Care Western New York Healthcare System, USA

  3. 4

    Western New York Respiratory Research Center Buffalo, NY, USA

Author Information

  1. Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner, Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470655900

Online ISBN: 9781119962083

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Keywords:

  • Obesity;
  • Critical care;
  • Nursing care;
  • Patient care;
  • Critically ill;
  • Obese;
  • Adult;
  • Nurse

Summary

As the number of obese adults has increased, the number of obese patients admitted to critical care units has increased as well. These critically ill adults present unique challenges for the nurses and multidisciplinary team caring for them. Critical care nurses need to understand what makes these patients different from people of normal size and those who are merely overweight. In addition to baseline critical care knowledge and skills, the nurse must know the physiological changes related to obesity and the risk factors unique to this population in order to implement patient care interventions to prevent untoward problems.