Child Life in the Adult ICU: Including the Youngest Members of the Family
The profession of child life is one of the newest providers of direct clinical services in adult intensive care units. Through their philosophy and training, child life specialists make available a wide range of interventions to children and families who are facing the very serious or life-ending illness or injury of an adult patient. These certified experts also provide specific tools to assist other professionals in meeting the needs of the expanded family, including any infants, children, and adolescents who are impacted by the hospitalization of an adult in the challenging environment of an intensive care unit.
KeywordsChild life End of life Psychosocial issues Intensive care Children of adult patients Child development Family systems
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