Tips on Visiting ICU Patients
Many families coming into the ICU are afraid to touch or talk to their loved one. Touching and talking can be a source of healing for everyone. Please hold your loved one’s hand or gently stroke their forehead, if you wish.
We also encourage you to talk to your loved one. Many patients can hear, even if they cannot respond. Don’t be shy about saying you love them. Talk about what is going on at home. These little things make up the fabric of life and keep the patient in touch with you.
If you have any concerns about disturbing your loved one or their equipment, ask the nurse. The nurse also can help you with talking to and touching your loved one.