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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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)

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This study is one of the first to investigate the effect of simulation-based education with education of parents in pediatric tracheostomy care. However, comparisons can be made to other simulation-based parental education studies.
During previous shifts, the nurse has provided tracheostomy care and suctioning for this patient without any difficulties.
Being prepared to provide general tracheostomy care and suctioning and to apply critical thinking and skill during emergent circumstances are essential for successful patient outcomes.
solely personnel % % Health Care Procedures Tube feeding 27.4 26.5 Colostomy/ileostomy care 35.8 32.0 CIC 28.4 22.6 Suctioning 21.2 20.0 Tracheostomy care 22.0 20.5 Ventilator management 15.8 11.8 Medications/Diagnostics Inhaler/nebulizer 25.0 12.2 Oxygen delivery 17.3 15.4 Insulin injections 35.4 2.8 Blood glucose test 21.9 7.6 Major Personnel Categories Parent solely Student solely % % Health Care Procedures Tube feeding 0.9 0.0 Colostomy/ileostomy care 2.5 1.2 CIC 0.5 5.3 Suctioning 1.2 0.0 Tracheostomy care 1.5 0.0 Ventilator management 3.9 0.0 Medications/Diagnostics Inhaler/nebulizer 1.0 4.1 Oxygen delivery 1.9 0.0 Insulin injections 4.2 18.3 Blood glucose test 2.9 11.4
Tube feeding was the most frequent health care procedure (10.3%) that involved no training by medical personnel, followed by tracheostomy care (8.9%).
An evidence-based evaluation of tracheostomy care practices.
Providing tracheostomy care. Nursing 2004, 32(1), 17.
Tasks ranged from noninvasive assistance with functional activity such as ambulation, toileting, and feeding generally performed by unlicensed personnel, to more invasive activities often posing greater risk to the students if not performed appropriately, such as tracheostomy care and medication administration by injection.
Maintain Clear Airway Education related to: Tracheostomy care, suctioning, tube change Signs of infection Proper hydration for thin, clear secretions Chest physiotherapy and augmented cough Medication administration bronchodilators and antibiotics Mobility 2.
Fifteen of the nurses had experience in tracheostomy and ventilator care, and 6 had experience in tracheostomy care only.
Participant's Nursing Practice n % Area of Practice Intensive care (combined medical and surgical) 16 24.6 Surgical ICU 15 23.1 Medical ICU 18 27.7 Coronary care 9 13.8 Pulmonary unit 2 7.7 Other 2 3.1 Years of Tracheostomy Care Experience 1 - 6 22 33.8 7 - 15 23 35.4 More than 15 20 30.8 When asked to identify whether the nurse usually received assistance during tracheostomy tube holder changes, participants reported more unassisted changes (n = 39; 60%) than assisted changes (n = 26; 40%).
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