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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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Results: There were 118 patients who underwent ventilatory support in coronary care unit-1 during our study time period.
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.
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.
I too was admitted following a 999 call by my wife, superb paramedics, medical team ready and waiting, two days in Coronary Care and five days in Ward C3.
A point to ponder if he is unfortunate enough to be sitting for hours in an understaffed, poorly-equipped Coronary Care Unit.
Certainly in the United States when you go to a coronary care unit you'll find that the majority of the patients have an LDL [cholesterol level] under 110 mg/dL or have never had their LDL measured.
What alters physicians' decisions to admit to the coronary care unit?
Their chances of survival might be expected to improve with admission to a coronary care unit (CCU) and by administration of thrombolytic agents when indicated.
If the patient reported five or more symptoms, or if he temporarily reentered the hospital at some point, a coronary care nurse paid him a visit at home.
To achieve this goal there is a need to establish a network of coronary care units all over the country so that the patients are treated in time with better outcomes.