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Name of Media:

Recovery and Wellness post ICU: Using Patient Diaries


Lianne Humphries and Samantha Hagan

Publisher or Source:

Foundation of nursing studies

Type of Media:


Media Originally for:

Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:



The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is situated in the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Belfast. The hospital is the major acute hospital for the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and delivers a full range of acute services for the population. Staff had noticed that ICU patients and their relatives returning to the follow up clinic were describing concerning issues including nightmares, sleep deprivation, hallucinations and flashbacks. These contributed to them being unable to adjust to being home and leading a regular family life, creating stress for both the patient and their family. To build on the work of the follow up clinic and to further improve the psychological support for patients, staff thought that a possible solution was the introduction of patient diaries.

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