Enhancing Family-Centered Care in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
The psychological impact of critical illness is far reaching, affecting patients and their loved ones. Family members face a multitude of stressors, ranging from concerns about death or permanent disability to stress over health care costs and lost wages. Patients are at risk for developing post-intensive care syndrome. Professional groups and patient safety organizations have crafted family-centered care (FCC) models that support hospitalized patients and their families. There is a paucity of data on use of FCC in cardiothoracic intensive care units. This article discusses FCC models and why they are beneficial to the needs of families of postoperative cardiothoracic surgery patients.
Thompson-Brazill, KA; Tierney, CC; Brien, L; Wininger, JW; Williams, JB
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