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When Caring for the Family Reduces Patient Stress

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Geri Lynn Baumblatt, M.A., Editorial Director at Emmi Solutions What do patients experience as they drift in and out of awareness in an ICU?
 
Recently, a couple of long-term ICU patients both described how even when they weren’t fully conscious, the mood of the staff as they moved in and out of their room was still apparent to them. They could tell if people were present or smiling, and how even the one-sided conversations staff had with them were meaningful.
 
One patient also described how he had a very strong sense of his parents’ stress as they kept watch by his bed and how it reduced his stress to hear how the staff was caring for his parents.
 
It's impossible to always be “up,” but care, hospitality, and mindfulness of close family and friends may reduce patient stress, even when we think they’re not aware. After all, while everyone is worried for the patient, their worry is often for their partner and family.

Tags: patient engagement, communication, family caregiver
Comments
Ange Finn
Such a potent reminder of how strong the body-mind system is. It is easy to forget, but all our actions are having an effect.
6/9/2014 6:32:48 PM