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Understanding Your ICU Stay: Information for Patient and Families

The Society of Critical Care Medicine has a great new guide for patients and 
families: Understanding Your ICU Stay. This should help improve communication and reduce conflict.  Here is the table of contents:

Why Do ICU Patients Look and Act That Way?

Chronic Critical Illness in Adults Requiring Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation

Participating in Care: What Questions Should I Ask?

Making Decisions About ICU Care

What Are the Choices Regarding Life Support?

Sepsis: What You Should Know

Taking Care of Yourself While a Family Member Is in the ICU

Critical Care Medication 

Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) 

Death by Neurological Criteria (Brain Death)

What to Expect After Your Family Member Leaves the ICU: Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) and Other Issues 

Life Support Equipment

What to Expect When Your Child Is in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Palliative Care for Children



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