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A new group's first year

ICUsteps Newport has been up and running since August 2014. It has been an eventful year with many highs but also accompanied by some lows. The group began its journey several months before the first August meeting following a journey to Milton Keynes to meet up with their group with the view to starting ours...

A nurse’s reflections on supporting families in ICU

I’ve been a nurse on the Intensive Care Unit for two years, and one of the most challenging parts of my job is ensuring that families receive the best possible support. There are so many demands on my time during a shift, and juggling that time between patient care, and supporting a family who I can see are distressed and hurting, becomes a delicate balancing act. This article is a reflective piece ...

A road map for the critical illness journey

Dr Lee Cutler, a Critical Care Consultant Nurse from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals knows firsthand the impact that critical illness has on patients and their relatives – and has come up with an innovative way to help explain the process to them. We asked Lee to tell us more...

How we started our group in Chester

Miles Negus-Fancey is a former intensive care patient and he is one of the founding members of the ICUsteps Chester support group. Here he tells us how he became involved: ‘I was an intensive care patient in 2016. As we were discharged from hospital, the Countess of Chester Hospital...'

Improving patient discharge information

UCCDIP (User Centred Critical Care Discharge Information Pack) is an information pack produced as part of a research project led by Suzanne Bench of Kings College London to help improve the transition between ICU and the general ward. An important element of the UCCDIP pack is the inclusion of a patient discharge summary...

Patient diaries

Intensive care patient diaries are a simple but valuable tool in helping patients come to terms with their critical illness experience. Patients who've had a stay in ICU may be kept sedated for some time while they're mechanically ventilated. After discharge from ICU they often report having gaps in their memory from their illness or they may remember nightmares, hallucinations or feelings that people were trying to hurt them...