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Can the critical care team explain the lines and tubes in the ICU?

Walking into an ICU room can be very frightening. Family members become overwhelmed and fearful of all the equipment, lines, tubes, and the like that are connected to their loved one. Furthermore, many of these gadgets make alarming sounds. The critical care team can answer all of your questions and concerns about the equipment used. This team is made up of Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants etc. You should be comfortable asking any of them questions you or your loved one may have.  

Yes, the critical care team can answer any of your questions about the lines and tubes in your family member. Nurses who work in the ICU have special training to take care of the lines and tubes and will be happy to explain to you what they are. It is important that you understand why they are being used and that the lines and tubes are to help your family member. If you understand what they are being used for than it will not be such a scary situation for you and your family.

Almost anyone on the critical care team can explain the lines and tubes in the ICU. Critical care teams include doctors, nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, respiratory therapists and others. Do not worry if you ask more than once. The lines and tubes are complicated and the whole team is there to help you.

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