Dr. Mouratidis, let me turn to you.
What is the process that families go through
when their loved ones are in the ICU?
[Maria Mouratidis, PsyD] [TBI Neuropsychologist]
Well, certainly it's very traumatic also for the entire family and friends
when someone has been severely injured
and is in the emergency department or in the ICU.
And so our first really important effort
is 1, to join the family in recognizing and validating
that this is very upsetting
and that they're not alone.
And we immediately start to provide education about brain injury,
education about the recovery process,
the treatment process, trying to involve them as much as possible
in the treatment plan and connecting with the team of physicians,
nurses, pastoral counselors, chaplains,
that really are involved in a very multi-disciplinary approach
so that it can help them manage their expectations
about their recovery process and feel like they
certainly know what's going on.
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Having a loved one in the ICU with a severe TBI is traumatic for the whole family. Medical staff can help families become part of their loved one's recovery process.
This is an excerpt from BrainLine's webcast After the Injury: Acute Care and TBI. See full webcast here.