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Keywords

AIDS, HIV, Pneumocystis, Pneumonia

 

Authors

  1. Lamb Carr, Rebecca PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
  2. Dodge, Robert PhD, RN, ANP, AACRN

Abstract

Pneumocystis pneumonia and AIDS have been linked together for many years. In the 1980s and 1990s, these diseases often resulted in admission to the critical care unit for many patients. Since the discovery of antiretroviral therapy and Pneumocystis prophylaxis, this has been a less frequent occurrence. Knowledge about caring for this patient in the critical care unit is often not available. Psychological and physiological needs common to this population are different from other populations and must be addressed. Pharmacological challenges are common and may go unrecognized until complications ensue. This article seeks to alleviate some of the mystery associated with these issues.