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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)


(Be cautious), verb be cautious, be concerned, bear in mind, beware, consider, curare, give heed to, guard, have regard, heed, look out for, mind, pay attention to, protect, take precautions, watch out for, watch over
Associated concepts: care and caution, care and skill, careful, careless, degree of care, due care, extraordinary care, great care, lack of care, ordinary care, slight care, want of care


(Regard), verb administer to, attend, attend to, be concerned, be concerned for, become involved, bother, foster, mind, minister to, nurture, pay attention to, serve, supervise, support, sustain, tend, watch over
Associated concepts: care and custody, care and mainteeance, custody or control
See also: administration, agency, aid, alimony, apprehension, assistance, auspices, burden, caution, charge, concern, consideration, constraint, control, custody, direction, discretion, fear, generalship, guidance, heed, help, imprisonment, interest, maintenance, management, notice, particularity, patronage, precaution, preservation, problem, protection, prudence, regard, relief, rigor, safekeeping, shelter, supervision, support, surveillance, trust, upkeep, ward, weight
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This donation means so much to the Coronary Care Unit and I am humbled by another donation to coronary care in the area.
We are extremely encouraged by Gerard's improvement over the past six days and we now anticipate he will be discharged from the coronary care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital within the next three to four days.
It is with some sense of achievement and satisfaction that I can report I am still a clinical staff nurse working in coronary care, but now at Waitakere Hospital.
The opening of the new, state-of-the-art Coronary Care Unit marks the completion of the first phase of a three-year critical care renovation project with plans to renovate the hospital's Neuro Integrated Care Unit in fall 2007 and Intensive Care Unit in 2008.
Andrew Butters, project director for the North Wales secondary care review, said patients needing emergency coronary care in the Llandudno area would be treated at either Glan Clwyd or Bangor hospitals - between 20 and 30 minutes away in an ambulance - under the plans.
Dr Ian Squire, Senior Lecturer in Medicine/Consultant Physician, Coronary Care Unit, Leicester Royal Infirmary, who participated in the study data collection said: "These new findings clearly demonstrate the importance of early treatment with eplerenone for appropriate patients who have survived a heart attack.
Glendale Adventist received 12 awards from PRC, a national health care marketing research company: three in patient satisfaction for its outpatient radiology, MRI Coronary Care Unit and Emergency Department; four in physician satisfaction; and five in employee satisfaction.
In the San Francisco coronary care unit, she displayed a smile, admired my blouse, wondered why I'd come all the way to see her in a hospital bed.
READER William Smith of Buckie should be made aware that the request for donations of 'at least a pound' to the British Heart Foundation only applies during a promotion to raise funds for Coronary Care.
The need for new approaches to coronary prevention going beyond statin therapy becomes obvious to anyone visiting a coronary care unit, he added.
James Zimmer of the University of Rochester Medical Center, as well as representatives of HCFA, claimed that skilled nursing facilities can assume a large amount of the respiratory and coronary care provided by hospitals with only a relatively small investment in acute care nursing skills, intravenous and ventilator therapy, and more intensive monitoring.
A memo from a cardiologist to his hospital's chief executive asked that chest pain patients being admitted by emergency physicians go immediately to the coronary care unit.