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GETTING INVOLVED

ENLISTING FAMILY HELPS ASSISTS PATIENTS IN THE ICU, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Have you ever had a relative or someone whose health care you were involved with admitted to an intensive care unit? If so, you’ve probably had the experience of sitting by your loved one’s bedside, feeling superfluous. Rhonda Wyskeil, an intensive care unit nurse at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues, have instituted a way for family members to get involved.

WYSKIEL: We developed a family involvement menu, and it’s really a checklist of items that we have hanging now laminated in each room. It offers the invitation to the family members and we verbally have this exchange as well, to participate in many of these cares that we’re providing for our patients, but we’re asking our families to participate as well. Unanimously the nurses said the families love it.    :24

So read those food labels, Bellantoni says.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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