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Critical Care / Emergency / Trauma

Quiz time

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

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