The intensive care unit (ICU) is a world apart. To families, it is feared foreign territory, where even entry to see a loved one is tightly regulated. That loved one is often unconscious, misshaped by fluids, and immobilized by countless tubes. To general physicians caring for patients just beyond its doors, the ICU is a corridor filled with an intimidating battery of new technology that seemingly renders inadequate the doctor’s simple touch. To patients, the ICU is often a world of dark and drifting shadows and sounds, punctuated bv blinding iabs of pain.
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