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Critically ill patients almost by definition have a number of different problems and management considerations. They can be high maintenance requiring intensive care and it is easy to accidentally overlook different aspects of their care; this is especially the case when you are looking after more than one critically ill patient and/or working in an otherwise busy practice environment.
Using some form of checklist on a daily basis is a quick and easy way of being reminded of all the different aspects of the care of critically ill patients and hopefully minimises how often treatment considerations are overlooked and sub-optimal care provided.
In this episode I discuss my version of a daily checklist for critically ill patients including aspects such as monitoring, analgesia, nursing care and non-clinical considerations.