Going back home can be hard if you had a long stay in the ICU or have any problems after being in the hospital. It’s important to know that problems can happen, and that life may not be the same after you go home. This is normal for many ICU survivors. You may have memories that seem very real, but aren’t. This can be shocking, scary, and stressful for you, your family, and friends.
It’s important to get help if:
If you or a loved one are worried about your recovery, please talk to a healthcare provider.
Your medical information is shared with your new healthcare team when you move from the ICU to another part of the hospital. This includes information about your medical history, ICU stay, medicines you take, tests, treatments, and how you’re doing (your recovery and progress).
When you or your loved one leave the hospital, your discharge summary will also include the above information. But this information isn’t always shared with your family doctor or other healthcare providers outside the hospital. For example, if you needed to stay in the ICU because of a car accident, your medical history may list your injuries but may not include information about the delirium you had in the ICU.
It’s important that you have all of the information you need to continue your care and help you heal and recover. This includes knowing:
Let your healthcare providers know what happened during your hospital stay and share any information about your care with them.
If you have questions about your hospital stay or can’t remember what happened, contact the ICU care team at your hospital. The ICU healthcare team can help fill in the gaps. You can find the contact information for an ICU in Alberta by searching for your hospital on the Alberta Health Services’ Information for Patients and Family.
Current as of: March 25, 2021
Author: Critical Care SCN, Alberta Health Services
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