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Basic Skills You Need to Work in an ICU or CCU Facility

Hospitals can be intimidating, however, we all are well aware of various departments in the hospitals but are unacquainted with these specialties, such as ICU and CCU facilities. Let’s start by knowing what ICU and CCU means.

ICU-Intensive Care is also referred as Critical Care, this healthcare specialty cares for patients who are critically ill or in other words suffering from acute or life threatening illnesses. Such patients usually require professional care around the clock along with close monitoring and constant medication.

Typical Cases That Require Intensive Care are:

  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Major injuries
  • Burns
  • Traumas
  • Poisoning
  • Pneumonia
  • Gunshots
  • Surgical Complications

CCU-CCU is an acronym that stands for Cardiac Care Unit or Coronary Care Unit. This unit treats patients with various heart conditions such as patients suffering from coronary artery disease, unstable angina, stroke, patients who have undergone a bypass surgery. Patients in CCU require continuous monitoring and administering of medicine. Working in these units is considered stressful due to the greater severity of majority of the patients’ conditions.

Communication Skills

Effective communication skills are central to working in ICU and CCU units. To be able to communicate clearly and efficiently with colleagues, other staff members, patients, and their relatives is an important clinical skill required to work in intensive care and cardiac care units. Handling clinical crisis, coordinating complex case management with colleagues is a daily feature of these units.

Content Skills

Content skills refer to language used while structuring the message or the way information is given. This consists of avoiding use of any technical jargons and be able to communicate to the level that is appropriate to the family members or relative’s understanding. Due to the technical sophistications of the intensive and cardiac care interventions doctors often struggle when communicating with a nervous relative.

Competency in communication is a core clinical skill required to work in both the ICU and CCU units. Practical knowledge, understanding of theory of communication coupled with a commitment to provide best care to patients results in better patient outcomes whilst invigorating professional practice.

This field has great scope for nurses and nurses in this specialization also earn a rewarding salary. If you are a nursing aspirant and wants to pursue a specialization in ICU or CCU, you can join specially-designed programs offered by INSCOL such as: Post Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing in collaboration with Niagara College, Canada. Post Graduate Certificate in Coronary Care Nursing in collaboration with Seneca College, Canada.

More information about these courses can be found here: http://inscol.com/philippines/academic-courses/


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