I found this site while looking for research on support groups for ICU families and patients. Reading your posts and concerns just shows me how much education is needed for the families. All the symptoms, not waking, delirium PTSD, critical illness myopathy, poor ventilator recovery are all very common ICU symptoms. I am a ICU nurse in a hospital in Minnesota and are looking to start a support group for our ICU families while their loved one is admitted. The trouble is there is limited research and only really in the infant and baby population. I am wondering if you can help.
1) What do you think of the idea?
2) What topics would you like to have been educated upon?
3) What time of day would have been good to attend?
4) Any other advice is welcome
A couple of years ago I worked on a project using white noise to improve sleep in the ICU patients. What I discovered is that all but one of the sedating drugs caused disrupted sleep. What I mean is that if you are sedated you do not have REM sleep. This is one of the reasons why people wake up confused, as they do not get the same nights sleep as well all cherish. Good luck to you all.