How to help patients regain psychological health after critical illness

Professor Leanne Aitken

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Lecture overview

Approximately 1/3 of survivors of critical illness experience psychological compromise during recovery. Although the pattern of this compromise varies for individual patients, we can monitor and minimise factors in ICU that might make this worse for patients, and also improve our care to reduce problems during recovery. Interventions to be delivered within ICU that might be of benefit include sedation minimisation, sleep improvement, early mobility and psychological support. Interventions to be considered after ICU include information provision and follow-up support.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:
1. Describe the compromise in psychological health that survivors of critical illness experience
2. Discuss if we can predict which of our patients might experience psychological distress after ICU
3. Implement strategies during and after ICU to help improve patients' psychological health

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour and 1 CPD Hour

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Prof. Leanne Aitken

Professor Leanne Aitken is Professor of Critical Care at City, University of London. In this role, she is responsible for leading research and scholarship in acute and critical care nursing as well as implementing her own programme of research that focuses on recovery after critical illness and injury and a range of clinical practice issues within critical care. Other responsibilities include teaching, supervision of research students and leadership of new developments within the discipline of nursing at City, University of London.

Professor Aitken holds a visiting appointment with Griffith University in Australia and is an Ambassador for the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Australian College of Nursing as well as a Life Member and Fellow of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses. She is also a Fulbright Alumnus after receiving a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to undertake research examining recovery after trauma at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Professor Aitken has published more than 120 original publications in peer-reviewed journals and edits the textbook, Critical Care Nursing.