ICU diaries

What are ICU diaries?

Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) frequently experience memory loss and recall of unpleasant experiences after discharge. These may be associated with symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The use of ICU diaries is a way for the patient to realise what happened during their ICU stay and to help them understand the chain of events.

What is the evidence for ICU diaries?

Moderate to high quality evidence found no significant differences in the rates of PTSD following discharge from ICUs in people receiving ICU diaries and those not receiving ICU diaries.

August 2021

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Last updated at: 5:41 am, 29th July 2021
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