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5 frequently asked questions that ICU doctors often get
 

5 frequently asked questions that ICU doctors often get

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Ever wondered what are some of the hardest questions ICU doctors face from their patients? Here we present to you five of the most frequently asked ones.
 
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18 Aug 2016 - General
 
Majority of my patients get admitted at the neuroICU. The top three questions that I usually encounter: 1) Will he ever wake up? 2) How long will he stay in the ICU? 3) Will he ever walk/ talk/ speak again? Its actually difficult to answer these questions because sometimes relatives might take it against you if your predictions are wrong. Personally, i refrain from giving definitive answers. Instead I usually say that, "it is our hope that he will wake up soon and we're giving the best ...
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Jennifer Winter It is common practice to "prime" the relatives on the worst outcome possible. It is really hard to deliver this message as it is human nature to selectively hear during time of despair. I think we both have different styles of priming the relatives but the important thing is it works for us. Cheers to that! On the other side of the spectrum, some annoying things that relatives can do ar...
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#4 truly is the hardest one Maria Cristina Inserto and Mark Edmon Tan. We don't know on how this particular patient would respond to treatment, how fast they will recover or if the even will recover. We are given enough medical knowledge to know all the possible outcomes and to know how to deal with them. We don't however h...
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Jennifer Winter Whenever a code is on process, someone always updates the relatives on the patient's status. The hardest question to answer is "What are the chances of our patient's survival?" Usually when there is cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the prognosis is not good. You see the well of tears in the relatives' eyes but you cannot afford to get teary-eyed while delivering a message that ...
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I do not work in the ICU but yes, patients and their companions should be allowed to ask questions because it only shows their concern. They are curious and they want to know what's happening because maybe they do not really understand, so you entertain questions and answer them, especially since it is our duty to inform/educate them. As for #4. "Why is his condition getting worse? I thought you just told me he was improving yesterday?" Even in a simple dental case this is always a...
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I did feel the need at the end of my comment to say that all other health care professionals should feel free to comment on this. We all have our own encounters with the ICU patients. I would be nice to hear from everyone Alan Rosmadi. Yes we do need to provide the best care possible as the answers to our patient's significant others' questions may be too vague for their comfort. ...
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There are many more questions other than just these 5 questions. As the critical care specialist or intensvisit, one has to have the abilitiy to appropriately communicate with the patiebts'next-of-kins as failure of which, there would be a communication barrier which may lead to being sued. Thus, the need of effective communication is very important. Many a times, patients' relatives would ask ridiculous questions, and as physicians we have to appear empathetic and patiently explain to t...
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I am not a doctor. So usually when I get questions that are a out of my league, my finger will point straight to my colleague (doctor), he will smile and answer questions of the patient's relatives. I usually get asked about how long the patient usually has to be on the ETT. Which is unpredictable. And usually the patients either makes it or they don't. It is a sensitive topic that we try to avoid. As some nonsensical ones have tried to sue the hospital due to a difference in the answer ...
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These are definitely very common questions. Many want to bring their children into the ICU to visit their relatives. This is why there are signs outside the ICU reminding visitors that children are not allowed inside. Asking about what tube is that, what line is that, what contraption is this, what medicine is that and so on are understandable to be asked by the patient's significant others. I welcome these kind of questions because it shows they are concerned about the patient and that they...
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