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ICU patients' outcomes improve when hospital staff also pay attention to families of the sick Print E-mail
Written by Meredith Cohn | The Baltimore Sun   
Monday, 06 February 2017 00:00

When her sister was in and out of intensive care last year, Theodora Peters noticed she no longer had to push so hard for information about her sister's condition and treatment, or to stay by her bedside after visiting hours.

"There seemed to finally be recognition that we were part of the team," Peters said about the way the medical staff treated her and her sibling. "There was recognition we all needed to work together to get the best outcomes."

For decades, hospital intensive-care units focused on facilitating the care provided by doctors and nurses to the gravely ill, while access was limited for patients' families, partly so they wouldn't get in the way. That's beginning to change under a new approach known in medical circles as "family-centered care" that's gaining traction in ICUs as hospitals look for ways to improve care and cut costs.

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