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  • This patient and family support site is sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Information is available for adult and pediatric patients that includes chronic critical illness, how to take care of yourself, medication information, life support choices, a glossary of terms and more.

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  • This site for information on delirium for patients and families is sponsored by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to information on delirium, information is provided on conditions that may occur in survivors of intensive care such as cognitive dysfunction, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. A delirium education brochure can be downloaded.

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  • The Patient Safety Partnership provides practical tips for families with patients in an intensive care unit in regard to communication and how to be involved in the care of their loved one. Information is provided for an app for a patient journal created by the Josie King Foundation.

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  • The American Thoracic Society provides Fact Sheets on Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Arterial Catherization, Central Venous Catheter, Chest Tube Thoracostomy, Mechanical Ventilation and Palliative Care.

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  • The home page of this site provides links to information on types of ICUs, medications, questions to ask of different members of the ICU team, and medical conditions.

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  • This site is supported by ICNARC-Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre in the United Kingdom and provides information from families and friends on common experiences during an ICU stay by a loved one.

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  • This site is run by former ICU patients and relatives in the United Kingdom. Information is available on support groups in the UK, a guide to setting up a patients and relatives intensive care support group, and a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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  • The site provides information from the National Health Service of England about who needs the ICU, the equipment, visiting, and recovering from intensive care.

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  • The American Association of Critical Care Nurses provides general information on an ICU and what to expect in an ICU. A tip sheet for families is available from this site or at VIEW HERE

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Arabic

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Bengali

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Chinese

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Danish

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Dutch

  • A downloadable education brochure on delirium in ICU patients is provided by the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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French

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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German

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Hindi

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Norwegian

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Polish

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Portuguese

  • A downloadable education brochure on delirium in ICU patients is provided by the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Punjabi

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Spanish

This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Swedish

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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Urdu

  • This site provides a download of Intensive Care: A Guide for Patients and Relatives developed by the ICU Steps organization of the United Kingdom. It is written by ICU patients and relatives of ICU patients and provides information for patients, relatives and visitors.

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