EM2010G "Families in the ICU" (IM GR-101620)

Eleven million people suffer a critical illness every year in the US, and half of the survivors will require caregiving post-discharge, much of it done by their family. Fully one third of those family members will suffer anxiety, depression and/or PTSD, which starts in the ICU but may last for months to years.

The purpose of this presentation is to review the contributions that families make to critical care, to provide insight into their burden, and to offer suggestions on how to improve their ability to participate in the care of their loved ones.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Define who is the patient’s family
  • List how families can contribute to the care of the critically ill beyond establishing the code status and consenting to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Describe the components and risk factors of the Post Intensive Care Syndrome-Family (PICS-F)
  • Discuss practical interventions that can help families engage productively in the care of their loved ones
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Sylvain DeLisle, M.D.
Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine & Population and Data Sciences
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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