Supporting patients recovering after discharge from critical care
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Supporting patients recovering after discharge from critical care

Geraldine O’Gara Nurse researcher, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London
Natalie Pattison Senior clinical nursing research fellow, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London

Geraldine O’Gara and Natalie Pattison explore the long-term needs of patients receiving cancer treatments following an admission to, and discharge from, intensive care

Cancer patients who survive a stay in critical care have unique needs in the recovery period as a result of possible ongoing treatment and the effects of the admission on their health-related quality of life. This article examines the incidence, causes and impact on patients of admission to critical care; follow-up needs and the role of nurses; and follow-up models. A case study is provided that explores a patient’s recovery from a critical care admission in the context of ongoing treatment.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 12, 1,19-24. doi: 10.7748/cnp2013.02.12.1.19.e905

Correspondence

Geraldine.O’Gara@rmh.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 06 August 2012

Accepted: 15 October 2012