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Intensive Care Unit

To My Wife And All Nurses Everywhere, Thank You

Rhet Troxell | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Rhet Troxell

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for all you nurses out there -- who abandon everything about your own needs and wants, to make this world a better place for everyone else you take care of. I'm thankful for my wife -- an ICU nurse -- my hero.

A Letter To The Family Of My ICU Patient

Brie Gowen | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

Some people love us. Some people hate us. I can promise you that you do not want to be a patient in my unit. If you are then that means you're really sick. But I can also promise you that if you end up here you will get stellar care by a team of the best health care providers available.

How Cannabis Came to My Rescue

Erin Donley | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Erin Donley

Can we just stop for a minute and marvel at how our suffering as humans is decreasing by the minute? In Oregon, cannabis is now available for adult use with no illness or explanation necessary.

Video Surveillance Can Save Lives

Adam Aronson | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Adam Aronson

Commonplace in other industries, but new for health care, is the latest installment of third-party remote video auditing (RVA) technology.

Are Wearables the Modern Path to Self-Awareness?

George Zarkadakis | Posted 09.09.2015 | Technology
George Zarkadakis

Perhaps, innovators for killer wearable apps should look beyond the data and into the human need for self-understanding. Perhaps engineers should revisit old Buddhist texts, Freud, and Plato, and weave a narrative around wearables that opens a modern path to self-awareness.

Mindfulness Slashes Stress Levels In ICU By 40 Percent, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.14.2015 | Science

It's hard to imagine a more stressful environment than a surgical intensive care unit, where events happen fast and decisions are literally a matter o...

Small Things Big Wins in Health Care

Brian Boyle | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

When it comes to the recovery of a patient, no matter how small an improvement is, there is still a level of improvement that is taking place. Something as subtle as the blink of an eye can be a monumental milestone because in that split second you are witnessing a speck of light in a world that had the possibility of remaining in complete darkness.

Err on the Side of the Patient

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

A Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment is a legal document that is signed by a physician or nurse practitioner, outlining the type of medical care her patient should be given if critically ill. Unlike a DNR, which is active only for a particular hospitalization, the POLST is valid anywhere and anytime, unless the patient rips it up.

Protecting Herself From Hero Doctors

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH

"You want to get a Do Not Resuscitate tattoo on your chest?" I asked, as one might say to a friend whose goal was to lose 50 pounds. You'd support it, but you knew it would never happen. "No, I have one," she said quietly, pulling her shirt aside modestly to show the skin over her heart muscle. I stared at it unbelieving.

A Mother's Fear

Jessica Fein | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Jessica Fein

I'm back in the PICU having spent exactly 27 hours "on the outside." After 42 days in intensive care with my 9-year-old daughter due to a cold that became pneumonia that led to a month-long intubation, we thought we were in the clear when we were transferred to rehab.

8 Things I've Learned About Life In The PICU

Jessica Fein | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Jessica Fein

What happened should have been a non-event; our daughter caught a cold. But when you have an underlying mitochondrial disease such as our daughter's, there's actually nothing common about a cold.

When a Loved One Is Critically Ill: How to Survive the Waiting Room

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

I believe the "vigil" saps families not only of their energy, but also their ability to make intelligent decisions. I've put together some tips drawn directly from how my son and I chose to cope with our three-week ICU waiting room experience. They may work for you.

Spilled Milk: Brokeback Bethlehem

William Lucas Walker | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

The 2005 Christmas pageant of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, for what I'm guessing was the first time in recorded history, Jesus had two daddies.

Facing Death? Frontline Shows Who Is and Is Not

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Barbara Coombs Lee

Last week the Dartmouth Atlas Project released startling information about how many Americans with end-stage cancer die in intensive care units and ac...

Communicating With Patients in an Intensive Care Unit

Michael Blumenfield, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

I have always believed that computer technology could be brought to the ICU and make a big difference in the ability of patients who suddenly found themselves unable to speak.