You are taking over the care of a long-term patient in your Intensive Care Unit whom you have not previously treated.
The patient is a previously well 72-year-old female with an admission diagnosis of Guillain-Barre syndrome. She has been an inpatient in your unit for the last three months, and has suffered numerous complications during her stay, but is now reported to be clinically stable. She has a tracheostomy in situ and is awake and responsive, but remains ventilator dependant.
You are taking over the care of this patient for the first time. Outline your approach and how you would assess her.