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Below is a series of articles that address the stress, fear, anxiety and frustration experienced by patients who temporarily lose their ability to communicate. These articles explore Delirium, PTSD and other issues that may have an adverse affect on these patients.

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Evaluation of a New Concept in Hospital Communication Systems

Recently, a new product was introduced at Kindred Hospital San Diego, designed to address the problem of temporary speech deprivation in the acute care setting.

Rose Instant Voice "Picture the Following Scenario"

More than five million patients in intensive care units (ICUs) in the United States each year are unable to speak, in large part because of the presence of artificial airways and assisted ventilation, (ie, mechanical ventilation).

Rose Medical Systems Power Point Presentation on Instant Voice

Instant Voice solves a serious communication problem with patients and care givers in the acute care and other healthcare settings. Hospitals offering Instant Voice will provide better patient care leading to improved patient satisfaction.

Communicating With Patients in an Intensive Care Unit

For many years I would frequently perform psychiatric consultation or supervise the psychiatric care of patients in the intensive care setting of medical/surgical hospitals. This was quite a challenging task since at times the patient could not talk.

Use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies

Little is known about communication between patients and their family members during critical illness and mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit, including use of augmentative and alternative communication tools and strategies.

Nurse-patient Communication Interactions in the Intensive Care Unit

The inability to speak during critical illness is a source of distress for patients, yet nurse-patient communication in the intensive care unit has not been systematically studied or measured.

Delirium Assessment and Management

For many years, critical care nursing and medical teams have considered delirium to be a benign problem, often even saying, “It will clear when we get them out of the ICU.”

PTSD - Daily Brefing

The trauma of an intensive care unit experience triggers symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder in about 20% of the ICU patients, according to a study in the Sep/Oct issue of General Hospital Psychiatry.

American Journal of Critical Care

A clinically significant proportion of nonsurviving patients treated with mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit communicate to nurses, other clinicians, and family members primarily through gesture, head nods, and mouthing words.

Nightmares After the ICU

Annually, about 5 million patients stay in an intensive care unit in the US. Studies show that up to 35% may have symptoms of PTSD for as long as 2 years after that experience, particularly if they had a prolonged stay due to a critical illness with severe infection or respiratory failure.

HCAHPS Survey Questions

The HCAHPS survey asks patients to give feedback about topics for which they are the best source of information. The survey asks patients to answer questions about their experiences in the hospital.