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Intensive Care: A Guide for You and Your Family

When your loved one leaves the ICU

It can be a scary time when your loved one is transferred out of the ICU to a new area of the hospital while they are still quite ill. This also usually means they are starting to get stronger and don’t need as much extra support as they continue to get well.

The stress you’ve been under while your loved one has been in the ICU can cause you to react in unexpected ways. When your loved one is out of the ICU you may feel guilty, worried, or depressed.

If you’re concerned or need more support talk to your family doctor. Your family doctor or healthcare provider may be able to help you find a counsellor so that you can talk to someone about what has happened.

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