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Complementary Therapies in a High-Tech Health Care Environment: A Pleasing and Powerful Partnership




In order to fully appreciate why the transformation of a high-tech health care environment was considered in the first place, one needs to have an understanding of the complexity of the environment as well as the needs and clinical details of the patients being cared for in this environment. This chapter gives an overview of cardiovascular disease and some aspects of its management in a coronary care unit that has been programmed for healing and promoting health.


Contents include

  • cardiovascular disease
  • the importance of effective cardiac rehabilitation programs
  • phase 1 programs compromised by hospital environments
  • primary prevention
  • high-tech health care environments
  • a climate of change in health care.
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Author / Editor Biographies

RN, RM, Cert (Intensive Care), Cert (Coronary Care Nursing), BAppSc (Nursing) and GradDip (Human Relationships - Education).
Marcia George held the position of charge nurse of the intensive care and coronary care units at the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital in Victoria between 1982 and 1991. Her nursing experience also includes aged care, gynaecology and maternity nursing, obstetrics and pediatrics and over two decades of critical care nursing. Marcia has always believed that hospital environments, in particular, high-tech healthcare environments, are often viewed as austere and frightening by the general community. She also believes that with a little imagination and a relatively small budget, a lot can be...

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