Obese patients have complex needs that complicate their care during hospitalization. These patients often have comorbid conditions, including hypertension, heart failure, obstructive sleep apnea, pressure ulcers, and difficulty with mobility. Obese patients may be well served in the progressive care setting because they may require more intensive nursing care than can be delivered in a general care unit. Progressive care nurses have core competencies that enable them to safely and effectively care for obese patients. A plan of care with interdisciplinary collaboration illustrates the integrative care for obese progressive care patients. (Critical Care Nurse. 2016; 36:58–63)
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Progressive Care| August 01 2016
Progressive Care of Obese Patients
Lori A. Dambaugh, RN, DNP, CNS, PCCN, ACCNS-AG;
Margaret M. Ecklund, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP-BC
Margaret M. Ecklund is an advance practice nurse working as a clinical nurse specialist with the wound, ostomy, and skin care team for Legacy Health, Portland Oregon.
Corresponding author: Margaret M. Ecklund, rn, ms, ccrn, acnp-bc, Legacy Health– Clinical Practice Support, 2801 N Gantebein Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Crit Care Nurse (2016) 36 (4): 58–63.
Lori A. Dambaugh, Margaret M. Ecklund; Progressive Care of Obese Patients. Crit Care Nurse 1 August 2016; 36 (4): 58–63. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2016510
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