What will he or she look like?

Close up of patient's face

It is very stressful to have a loved one in intensive care. It is understandable to feel angry, afraid, confused, and helpless in this situation.

You may be worried about what he or she will look like, what all the tubes and monitors are for, and if your loved one is comfortable and free from pain. The bedside nurse can help explain the equipment and medications being used to treat and support your loved one. We encourage you to ask.

For more information about different body systems and supports that may be used, please refer to the Guide to Patient Care.

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