Supporting a client in intensive care
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Supporting a client in intensive care

Kerry Welch Lecturer in health and social care, Division of Nursing, University of Nottingham
Justine Barksby Lecturer in health and social care, Division of Nursing, University of Nottingham

The additional challenges facing patients with a learning disability being treated for a critical illness are discussed by Kerry Welch and Justine Barksby

Being a patient in an intensive care unit can be extremely stressful. As well as having to cope with being critically ill, patients are subjected to an environment that can cause acute anxiety and confusion. This article describes the importance of the role of learning disability nurses in helping patients and their families to cope with this unfamiliar and demanding situation.

Learning Disability Practice. 14, 8,14-17. doi: 10.7748/ldp2011.10.14.8.14.c8739

Correspondence

kerry.welch@nottingham.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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