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A Family’s Guide to the ICU, Part 4: The Human Aspect of Care

A Family’s Guide to the ICU, Part 1: Your Strategy for Navigating the Unexpected

Even the air in the waiting room of a hospital feels uncertain. When you first arrive you hesitate at each word, not knowing what is appropriate, who to ask for help, and how or if to break the ice with the others waiting to hear the fate of their loved ones. Each step into the critical care setting creates more questions -- entering the ICU, sitting in your loved one’s room, watching as machines are hooked up to her, eavesdropping on discussion about her prognosis and care plan. It feels like you are walking in a foreign land without a guide.
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A Family’s Guide to the ICU, Part 4: The Human Aspect of Care

A Family’s Guide to the ICU: Series Introduction

That's my mom in the photo above.Last year our family was caught by surprise when she had a completely unexpected and dramatic ICU stay of three months. We had a lot to learn fast and too little help, and when it was over we committed to help other families be engaged, informed, empowered patients.
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