Intensive Care Aftercare - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750649834

Intensive Care Aftercare

1st Edition

Editors: Richard Griffiths Christina Jones
Paperback ISBN: 9780750649834
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th December 2001
Page Count: 176

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  • A much needed guide to detailed follow up and focused care of patients following a stay on the intensive care unit * Looks at the longer term residual effects of critical illness, including disability, functionality and specific disorders and problems * Includes practical information on running an aftercare programme, including where, when, how and who * Focuses not only on the patient but also on the needs of the relatives * Written for the multidisciplinary hospital and community teams

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why follow-up is needed; Audit Commission report recommendations; IMMEDIATE PROBLEMS AFTER ICU: Neuromuscular problems and physical weakness; Acute psychological problems, e.g. anxiety, amnesia and drug withdrawal; Delusions and hallucinatory memories of ICU; AFTER DISCHARGE FROM HOSPITAL: Sexual problems; Nutrition; Physical and Psychological recovery; Specific disease outcomes; AFTERCARE PROGRAMME - Where, when, how, and who, including ward visits and outpatient clinics for patients and relatives?; Ward visits and the role of the clinical nurse practitioner; Ward visits and the role of the ICU Doctor; SETTING UP AN OUTPATIENT CLINIC: Doctor led; Nurse led; Rehabilitation after critical illness; Bereavement; Interventions on ICU that may impact on later recovery: Patient diaries.


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17th December 2001
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About the Editors

Richard Griffiths

Affiliations and Expertise

Reader in Medicine (Intensive Care), Department of Medicine, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool; Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Whiston Hospital, UK

Christina Jones

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Fellow, Intensive Care Research Group, Whiston Hospital, Prescot, UK