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The Patient's and Family's Experience with Critical Illness

What is often what a patient remembers and values after a critical care experience? Caring and emotional support given by the nurse.
What are the top five physiological and behavioral indicators of anxiety? Agitated behavior, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, verbalization of anxiety and restlessness.
What are three things that can initiate or perpetuate the stress response? Anxiety, pain and fear
What are some things a nurse can do in managing stress and anxiety? Foster trust, providing information, ensure privacy, allow control.
Because the time a critical care nurse can spend with family is often limited, what must the nurse do with every family interaction? Make every interaction useful and therapeutic as possible.
what are some Mind-Body Techniques for lessening anxiety and stress? Presencing and reassurance, reframing dialogue, cognitive reappraisal, guided imagery, relaxation training, deep breathing, music therapy, humor, massage, therapeutic touch, meridian therapy, pet therapy
Should families be present during procedures and resuscitation? Explain why or why not. Families believe it is their right, and many believe their presence helped the patient.
What is culturally competent nursing care? being sensitive to issues related to culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and economic situation.
Should physical restraints ever be used in the critical care setting? They may be used for patients to prevent potentially serious disruptions in therapy resulting from accidental dislodgment of endotracheal tubes, IVs, and other invasive therapies.
Created by: JayneAnn
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