“Not out of the woods”—a wife’s perspective: bedside communication
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My silent journey started on 17 July 2010 when my husband was involved in a motorbike accident (MBA) and given less than a 1 % chance of survival by the attending doctors. On that day, without any warning or training, I became the matriarch, a single mother, a carer and a lonely victim. It is obvious that all the attention is focused on the patient and not much consideration is given to the families, who are left to deal with their own emotional and psychological trauma. Along this traumatic, yet amazing journey, I met some incredible medical staff who exhibited exceptional emotional intelligence, but I also met some thoughtless individuals who lacked what I call “bedside” communication skills. These are the skills crucial to any situation, but so important in the intensive care unit (ICU) where the families are desperate for meaningful information.
My struggle started in the ICU of a large tertiary trauma centre where Darryl was rushed to the operating theatre without stopping in the...
KeywordsIntensive Care Unit Emotional Intelligence Good Communication Skill Critical Care Nurse Numerous People
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