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Carol's journey in critical care: An Enlighten Project case study

Mcauley, Edel and Johnston, Laura and Johnston, Paul and Shaw, Jess and Bonner, Steve and Chazot, Paul L. (2022) 'Carol's journey in critical care: An Enlighten Project case study.', Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, 44 . pp. 3-7.


Background: The Enlighten Project seeks to explore how awareness of the physical environment in critical care may impact patient well-being and recovery and whether simple changes may improve outcomes. Methods: In this study we follow the journey of a long stay critical care patient, recording her observations and memories of her experiences in different bed spaces of both an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and a High Dependency Unit (HDU) at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Results: Patient's account gave insight into the patient's eye view from various critical care bed spaces and how different positions across a unit can impact patient experience. Different bed positions and side rooms yielded different degrees of positive and negative responses, causing varying levels of comfort/discomfort and contentment/distress. Conclusions: Patient's eye view perspective strongly influenced Carols' experience in Critical care, and she displayed a positive attitude to personalised lighting, aesthetics, and levels of environmental and communication control, which were introduced to the her during the study.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 14 April 2023.
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 4.0.
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Publisher statement:© 2022. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Date accepted:09 March 2022
Date deposited:05 May 2022
Date of first online publication:14 April 2022
Date first made open access:14 April 2023

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