Clinical Nurse Specialist Copyright B 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. Legal and Ethical Column Editor: Elizabeth Ann Scruth, PhD, MPH, CCNS, CCRN, FCCM The Importance of Exploring the Literature Before Implementation Elizabeth Ann Scruth, PhD, MPH, CCNS, CCRN, FCCM ritical illness disrupts the immediate health of a stay. The memories may contain actual events, as well as patient; however, it can also have a profound ef- delusions. An ICU diary is a written document that can re- Cfect on their long-term health. Intensive care flect the experiences of both the patient and family during unit (ICU) survivors can experience postYintensive care the ICU admission. The diary can serve as a conduit to syndrome (PICS), which has been acknowledged in the assist both the patient and family upon discharge to distin- literature as having the potential to last for months, even guish between what was real and what was a delusional years. As many as 50% of ICU survivors may experience memory. The ICU diary originated in Scandinavia in the PICS, and with the population increasing in age along 1970s and 1980s, and since that time, they have primarily with the potential increase in ICU resources by
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Published: Jan 1, 2018
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