Title : Enhancing recovery from a critical illness through implementation of a patient diary program
This session will discuss the rationale for the implementation of a patient diary program. As survival rates continue to improve for the critically ill patient a new syndrome has emerged which poses a threat to optimal recovery. This syndrome, known as Post Intensive Care Syndrome, affects the patient’s ability to fully engage in recovery for a variety of reasons. Patients recovering from a critical illness often have memory lapses and disillusions of events that effect psychosocial recovery. By implementing a diary while inpatient, the patient has an opportunity to reflect back on his stay and help to fill in the memory gaps and place delusional memories into context to aid in psychological recovery. The use of a patient diary encourages engagement of the healthcare team with the patient/family and increases patient/ family satisfaction.
Take Away Notes:
• Discuss the significance of recovery following an acute/critical illness
• Identify patients who may benefit from a diary
• Discuss the importance of recovery as part of the continuum of the patient care