Care of the Family in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Leslie Steele Tyrie, Anne Charlotte Mosenthal

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Abstract

In the surgical intensive care unit (SICU), the stress of having a critically ill loved one creates significant bereavement and emotional needs for family members. Surgical palliative care has expanded; clinicians do not just treat the patient, but now include the family within the scope of care. Understanding and treating complicated grief, and the emotional and educational needs of the family improves family outcome, improves the surrogate family's ability to act as decision makers, and ultimately may positively affect patient survivor outcome. Care of families in the SICU requires interdisciplinary teams and palliative care processes to appropriately address their needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalAnesthesiology Clinics
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Family support
  • Palliative care
  • Surgical intensive care unit
  • Surrogate decision maker

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