Which of the following does not help address issues related to post-intensive care syndrome?
a. Diaries kept jointly by family, ICU staff, and physicians
b. Post-ICU clinics for patients and families
c. Follow-up phone calls to discharged patients and their families
d. Reducing family visiting time during hospitalization
Correct answer: d. Diaries kept jointly by family, ICU staff, and physicians and used for later debriefings have been shown to decrease mental-health problems for patients and families. Post-ICU clinics provide a forum for debriefing. Follow-up phone calls help address lingering problems.
To learn more, read the continuing nursing education article: “Post-intensive care syndrome: What it is and how to help prevent it”.