Advertisement

The Acutely Ill Patient in the Intensive Care Unit Setting

  • Hoyle Leigh

A 24-year-old woman with subarachnoid hemorrhage due to rupture of a berry aneurysm was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). A psychiatric consultation was requested as the patient seemed to be depressed. The consultant found that the patient felt sad about not being able to see her 2-year-old son, as children were not allowed in the ICU. She was afraid that she might die without being able to say goodbye to him. The consultant was able to obtain special permission from the administration for her husband to bring the child once a day. She recovered fully from her hemorrhage.

Keywords

Intensive Care Unit Suicide Attempt Psychiatric Consultation Depressive Syndrome Require Intensive Care Unit Admission 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Hackett TP, Cassem NH, Wishnie HA. The coronary-care unit. An appraisal of its psychologic hazards. N Engl J Med 1968;279(25):1365–1370.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Levine J, Warrenburg S, Kerns R, et al. The role of denial in recovery from coronary heart disease. Psychosom Med 1987;49:109–117.PubMedGoogle Scholar

Bibliography

  1. Allan R, Scheidt S. The empirical basis for cardiac psychology. In: Allen R, Scheidt S, eds. Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 1996:63–123.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Douglas C, Druss R. Denial of illness: a reappraisal. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 1987;9:53–57.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Hackett TP, Cassem NH. Psychological management of the myocardial infarction patient. J Human Stress 1975;1(3):25–38.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Leeman CP, Blum J, Lederberg MS. A combined ethics and psychiatric consultation. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2001;23(2):73–76.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hoyle Leigh
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaFresnoUSA

Personalised recommendations