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Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 1993 Jun;9(2):137-41.

Eye care for ventilated patients.


This literature survey identifies the importance of effective eye care technique, to prevent ocular complications in critically ill patients. The factors that lead to the development of such complications are outlined. Details are given of a survey of 20 intensive care units (ICUs), conducted to identify common eye care techniques. The conclusion from this review is that there is little which identifies the efficacy of current eye care techniques commonly used in ICUs. There is a need for research studies which demonstrate the best substance for maintaining eye lubrication and eyelid closure, in the care of critically ill patients.

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