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Children's experience of visiting ICU

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Allowing children to visit seriously ill adult relatives in ICU can be a positive experience, according to Swedish researchers.

They said little attention had previously been paid to children’s experiences and needs when visiting a relative being cared for in ICU. They interviewed 28 children aged 4–17 years who had visited an adult relative.

‘The visit did not seem to frighten the child; instead it generated feelings of release and relief,’ they said.

‘Children’s experiences of visiting an adult intensive care unit seem to support theories that emphasize the involvement and participation of children in family matters,’ they added.

Journal of Advanced Nursing (2008) 61: 154–162

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