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More than 5.7 million patients are admitted annually to intensive care units in the U.S., according to SCCM.org. Families’ roles in the intensive care unit have changed dramatically in recent years to a more hands-on approach.
“Fifteen years ago, we used to think ICU patients needed quiet and rest,” said Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FCCM, president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. “We limited visiting hours, so that they could rest. Now we know the benefits of having families not only present, but involved in care in the ICU, in terms of helping patients with recovery, preventing delirium, and helping with a plan of care and with decision making.”
Priscilla Gazarian, PhD, RN, remembers working as an ICU nurse about 20 years ago when families had to call and request permission to visit their loved ones. “That presented all kinds of problems: emotional distress and PTSD for the care partners and patients,” said Gazarian, who today is a nurse scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Boston.