How can I find out about my loved one's progress in the ICU?

Julia Vicente, MSN
Critical Care Nursing
This will be highly dependant on how the particuar unit functions. In some units there is a specified, routine way to communicate and relayed patient information. This might be in the form of family meetings, through social services, or some other unit designated way. In many ICU's, the family members request to get updates from the physicians through the critical-care nurses. Nurses are usually the best way to get general and even specific updates in the unit and can usually answer many questions about ICU patients, as long as the information is in the nurses scope of practice. Questions about statistics, prognosis, and treatment courses is the job of the physician. Nurses can and do provide excellent follow-up and support in these matters as well, once the physician has discussed these with patients and their families.

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