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Managing The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Experience: A Proactive Guide for Patients and Families
Constantine Manthous, MD; Martin Tobin, MD; Catherine Chen, MD; Vidya Krishnan, MD; and Marianna Sockrider, MD, DrPH
American Thoracic Society
Medical Professional Education
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Former ICU Patients, Former ICU Patients' Family Members, Friends or Caregivers, General Public
Each year, hundreds of thousands of patients in the U.S. and millions worldwide become critically ill. Patients who require care in the intensive care unit (ICU) have the most serious illnesses, often requiring multiple forms of life support. While the science of medicine has significantly advanced in the past 30 years, these advances sometimes create many questions, such as:
• Will my loved one be able to live independently after this?
• What kind of rehabilitation will my loved one need?
• What will my loved one’s quality of life be after this illness?
More than ever, medical teams rely on families to help them make important decisions about their loved ones’ care, and their futures. The purpose of this series is built on the ideas that knowledge is power and that every patient needs an advocate. Here, we share some of the most important advances in ICU medicine so patients and their families can ask educated questions.
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