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The Burden of Caregiving on Families of ICU Survivors

  • Levy M.M. 
Conference paper
Part of the Update in Intensive Care Medicine book series (UICMSOFT, volume 39)

Abstract

As a result of increasingly sophisticated therapies for critically ill patients, family members are caring for individuals with complex medical problems at home as the most financially feasible alternative to institutional care. These individuals include older adults with progressive dementia, children and adults who are technologically dependent, such as on home dialysis or respirators, individuals with stroke, survivors of traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, and individuals with chronic neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis. These patients may have survived life-threatening illnesses requiring ICU care, such as severe sepsis, septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), stroke, and multi-system organ failure. Patients who, even twenty years ago, most probably would have succumbed to a critical illness are now surviving in increasing numbers [14].

Keywords

Traumatic Brain Injury Severe Sepsis Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Critical Illness Informal Caregiving 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Levy M.M. 
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical Intensive Care UnitRhode Island HospitalProvidenceUSA

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