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Rehabilitation and discharge 

Rehabilitation and discharge
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Rehabilitation and discharge
Author(s):

Heather Baid

, Fiona Creed

, and Jessica Hargreaves

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701071.003.0021
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date: 18 September 2019

A holistic approach to critical care nursing assessment and planned nursing interventions will take into account the psychological impact of being critically ill. This chapter discusses the use of patient diaries, follow-up clinics, and facilitating critical care support groups as specific means by which critical care nurses can help to support the psychological care of their patients. They can also contribute to the rehabilitation of their patients by following a systematic approach to implementing a rehabilitation pathway that includes both physical and non-physical dimensions. The process of discharging patients from critical care is also discussed.

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