Helping the Family When a Loved One Is in the ER

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.

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.
Posted on BrainLine December 1, 2011.

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