The Family's Role in Patient Care

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The Family's Role in Patient Care

The intensive care unit is a busy, noisy environment where there many of the machines in your loved one’s room utilize alarms, lights, and monitors to help our team manage his/her care. Many patients are connected to machines or have tubes attached to them to provide fluids, medication, nutrition, and oxygen. Watching everything that happens may be scary and raise many questions. The doctors, nurses, therapists, and other staff are here to answer your questions, and there are no wrong questions. You loved one’s condition and the unfamiliar environment can make it difficult to remember unfamiliar information, so it is okay to ask questions more than once.

Visitation

Visitation
Visitation

Our ICU visiting times are open. However, we encourage you to visit during daylight hours so that we can encourage sleep during the nighttime hours. Sleep is very important both to the healing process as well as your loved one’s ability to think clearly. Lack of sleep or non-restful sleep can make patients feel weak and inhibit recovery. Even if your loved one is unable to respond to you, be sure to speak to them when you visit and touch them to reassure them of your presence. This is also a strong part of the healing journey.

Personal Items

Personal Items
Personal Items

Feel free to bring in patients’ personal items to help reduce confusion. Items such as favorite blankets and family photos help our team get to know your loved one better and help patients not be confused by the ICU environment. Just be sure to check with the nursing staff to make sure the items you plan to bring are appropriate.

Taking Care of Yourself

Taking Care of Yourself
Taking Care of Yourself

To help take care of your loved one as best as possible, remember that you need to take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest and good nutrition and making sure you have the occasional change of scenery to help clear your mind.

A chaplain is available (24?) hours a day. Please let the nursing staff know if you wish to see a chaplain and our team will contact them for you.

If you need to speak with a social worker, therapist, or other member of the healthcare team, please ask your nurse. We will be happy to help.

How You Can Help

How You Can Help
How You Can Help

While your family member is in the ICU, there are many things you can do to help. Remind your loved one of the date and discuss what has been happening while he or she has been in the hospital. These types of activities help reduce confusion.

Our critical care team is passionate about providing excellent care for your loved one, while also supporting your journey as a family member of a patient in one of our ICUs.