Hi, it’s Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com with another quick tip for families in intensive care.
So currently, a lot of families that have a loved one in intensive care are locked out because of the COVID-19 situation and that is across the world. So it’s not unique to any particular country.
We are finding that families are locked out of intensive care all across the world really wherever there are COVID patients in ICU. So, communication in ICU can be difficult at the best of times and even when families have access to ICU to their loved one because they simply don’t know what they don’t know. They don’t know what they need to look for. They don’t know how to manage doctors and nurses, and they don’t know what questions to ask and that issue is even on a whole, another level with the current COVID-19 crisis in ICU.
So where does that leave you? You need to have a plan of attack, especially since you haven’t got access to your loved one. When you talk to doctors and nurses, you need to ask very succinct and very detailed questions so that you can get to the answers quickly.
It’s not good enough if the doctors or nurses tell you, your loved one is stable or they have deteriorated, that’s not good enough. You need to know the details.
Again, your biggest challenge as a family in intensive care is that you simply don’t know what you don’t know. You don’t know what to look for. You don’t know what questions to ask, and you don’t know how to manage doctors and nurses to get the best outcomes for your loved one.
So, what we do here at intensivecarehotline.com, obviously we provide a consulting and advocacy service for families in intensive care and we can help you very quickly to ask the right questions and get control of the situation so that you can make informed decisions, get peace of mind, control, power, and influence.
So we have published an article and a video of what questions to ask, but obviously that’s the free information that you can access.
I’ll put a link below this video to a video and the article that you can access, “What questions to ask in ICU?”
But the shortcut really is, for us to get on the phone with you, with the doctors and the nurses so we can get more information in a dialogue. And a dialogue is inevitable in situations like that, in life or death situation. So you will need the expertise from myself and from one of our team members here at intensivecarehotline.com.
So that’s my quick tip for today.
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