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Memories of former intensive care patients six months following discharge.

Authors
  • Minton, Claire
  • Carryer, Jenny
Type
Published Article
Journal
Contemporary nurse
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2005
Volume
20
Issue
2
Pages
152–158
Identifiers
PMID: 16393097
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This exploratory/descriptive study describes the memories of former ICU (Intensive Care Unit) patients after discharge. Six patients described their memories of ICU and discharge to the ward and home. Memories for the former ICU patients varied, and there were multiple layers of awareness, with periods of unreal experiences and nightmares. In the memories collected, there was little reference to nurses, or connection to the care they provided. Once discharged from ICU, patients' memories changed to new challenges they faced as they coped with the realization of how sick they had been and tried to regain control of their lives. This small-scaled study has identified some areas of practice that could be improved and further research requirements.

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