The University of Nebraska Medical Center will take a look at how best engage family caregivers as active participants when a patient is in intensive care. Dr. Breanna Hetland is the principal investigator of the study that will test how a new internet based resource to improve geared to improving the experience for all involved.
Dr. Hetland says, “Caregivers actually have significant health issues after an ICU experience with a patient so we think involving them in care actively we will be able to mitigate some of those negative after effects of the ICU.”
The goal is for nurses to teach and encourage family members of patents on ventilators to assess two patient symptoms, thirst and anxiety and perform symptom management techniques to help alleviate those problems.
A two-year, $50,000 pilot study is funded by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.