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Being an ICU Patient



Sharing intensive care patients' experiences

Check out some narrative experiences from patients in the ICU at!

ICU Delerium

… from the Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship Center (CIBS)

Still Delirious after All These Years

Thie article catalogues the history of understanding and managing delerium in the ICU.

“The doctors were standing in the corner of Cheryl Misak’s room, wearing little Christmas party hats. Then, they stripped naked...”

Advanced Directives, Do Not Resuscitate, and Pulling the Plug

What It Was Like to Watch My Father Pass Away in the ICU

“…my head tells me it’s time to say goodbye. But my heart is much harder to convince.”

A Trial of ICU Care: a true end-of-life story

As a doctor, I can keep somebody breathing even after brain death. How do I make the final call?


“It’s Not Like the Rest of Us, But It Should Be".”

For This Doctor, 'DNR' Means Do Not Resign.

We can't control if we'll die, but we can "occupy death," in the words of Peter Saul, an emergency doctor. He asks us to think about the end of our lives -- and to question the modern model of slow, intubated death in hospital. Two big questions can help you start this tough conversation.

Family Experiences in the ICU

Doctors Care for Family Members, Too,

When Patients Are in ICU

Earlier this year, Rebecca’s husband Nick was hit by a car and seriously injured. Here, in one of a series of columns, she writes about the aftermath of his accident


Relative Experiences

Sharing intensive care relatives' experiences

Working in the ICU

As a doctor in the ICU, I sometimes feel helpless. Poetry provides solace”

When your child teeters between life and death, they are the doctors who stand and hold the gate. Meet the warriors who blend strength and compassion, at the children's intensive care unit of KKH Women's and Children's Hospital.

“Those of us on the front lines can't but wonder: for whom do we “fight on,” and why do we do it?”

Life After the ICU

Read about patient experiences after the ICU, compiled and published by Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Read about patient experiences after the ICU, compiled and published by Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“When ICU Delirium Leads To Symptoms Of Dementia After Discharge”

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“ For many, the biggest trauma comes when they go home.”