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Caring attitude helps to relieve ICU stress

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Support and a caring attitude are important to relieve the stress of an intensive care stay and may balance the impact of distressing memories, according to Swedish researchers.

Their study involved 250 mechanically ventilated adults admitted for more than 24 hours to ICU who were interviewed five days after discharge.

The researchers found 81% remembered the ICU stay, 71% described unpleasant memories and 59% pleasant.

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