Speaker for Nursing World Conference 2019- Tracey Wilson

Title: Enhancing Recovery from a Critical Illness through Implementation of a Patient Diary Program

Tracey Wilson

University of Maryland, USA

Biography

Tracey Wilson works in the Medical ICU at University of Maryland Medical Center as Senior Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for over 13 years. She holds an adjunct faculty position in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her interests include palliative care, post-intensive care syndrome and precepting.
Kimberly Bowers works in the Medical ICU at University of Maryland Medical Center as Clinical Program Director for 11 years. She serves as a preceptor in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her interests include resuscitation, post intensive care syndrome and patient quality/safety.

Abstract

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.