Practical skills

How to care for a patient's eyes in critical care settings

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2020
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This practical learning module describes how to care for the eyes of patients in critical care settings to enable early detection and routine management of ophthalmic problems, thereby avoiding visual compromise on patient discharge. Maintain ocular surface to corneal abrasion, infection and ulceration, perforations and blindness is discussed.

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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Janet Marsden, Professor of ophthalmology and emergency care, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England
Richard Davies, Critical care nursing officer, Ministry of Defence, London, England


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