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Humanizing critical care

Bion, V; Montgomery, H; (2017) Humanizing critical care. Signa Vitae , 13 (Suppl 3) pp. 37-39. 10.22514/SV133.062017.6. Green open access

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Abstract

Sleep is important for human neurocognitive, emotional and physical health. Increasing evidence shows that the intensive care unit environment is disruptive to sleep patterns. Such disruption is unpleasant to patients, but mounting evidence suggests that it may also worsen outcome. However, improvements in the patient experience are readily obtained through simple measures such as the use of eyepads and earplugs. Early data suggest that such interventions are not only kind, but may impact on patient outcomes such as delirium rates.

Type: Article
Title: Humanizing critical care
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.22514/SV133.062017.6
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.22514/SV133.062017.6
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Keywords: Sleep, light, noise, sound, eyepad, earplug
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Experimental and Translational Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569593
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