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5 Things You Need to Know
When Your Loved One is in ICU

By Susan Montminy, MSN, RN and Meredith Dodge, MSN, RN

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When your loved one has stabilized and transferred out of the ICU, many times they will need you more than when in ICU. Yes your loved one is stable, but many times they need you to oversee their care. They are getting better, but still may be weak and mentally foggy. It is important to be there when the medical team does rounds and makes the plan of care for the day. Ask questions and be the voice your loved one needs at this time.

While patient survival of the ICU is not always possible, we hope that this list of helpful hints will assist you and your family during your time in the ICU. The dedicated staff of the ICU works diligently to save patient lives and assist family members through difficult times. Stress and anxiety can prevent families from hearing all of the information they are given. Be sure to ask questions and get a good understanding of what is going on with your patient before making any life altering decisions. As the family member, you are the voice of the patient; you need to make decisions based on what the patient would do if they were able to communicate their wishes.

Susan Montminy, MSN, RN has been a nurse practicing in the State of Connecticut for the past 30 years. She has spent approximately 20 years of her career in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The last two years of her career has been as a nurse educator for the Intermediate Care Unit.

Meredith Dodge, MSN, RN has been a nurse practicing in the State of Connecticut for the past 12 years. She has spent the last 10 years of her career in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford Connecticut. The last year of her career has been as a nurse educator for the Medical Surgical ICU.

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