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Child Life in the Adult ICU: Including the Youngest Members of the Family

  • Jaime E. Bruce
  • Kathleen McCue
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Abstract

The profession of child life is one of the newest providers of direct clinical services in adult intensive care units. Through their philosophy and training, child life specialists make available a wide range of interventions to children and families who are facing the very serious or life-ending illness or injury of an adult patient. These certified experts also provide specific tools to assist other professionals in meeting the needs of the expanded family, including any infants, children, and adolescents who are impacted by the hospitalization of an adult in the challenging environment of an intensive care unit.

Keywords

Child life End of life Psychosocial issues Intensive care Children of adult patients Child development Family systems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaime E. Bruce
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kathleen McCue
    • 3
  1. 1.Middle Tennessee State University, College of Behavioral and Health SciencesMurfreesboroUSA
  2. 2.Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Department of Child Life and Volunteer ServicesNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Children’s Program, The Gathering PlaceClevelandUSA

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