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THE COMPLEX LIFE IN AN ICU

THE COMPLEX LIFE IN AN ICU

THE COMPLEX LIFE IN AN ICU

Anyone who has worked in or even visited an intensive care unit understands that it is an environment where complexity is more the norm than perhaps anywhere else. Healthcare professionals are either drawn to work in this continuously evolving setting or reject it for a more sedate and predictable area of medicine. In this session, some of those brave souls who chose to make the ICU central to their careers, share the challenges and offer some tips on how to manage with The Complex Life in the ICU...?

Chaired by Diederik van Dijk (Utrecht, Netherlands) and Sten Walter (Linkøping, Sweden), this session begins with a factual look at the numbers, as Julia Wendon (London, United Kingdom) focuses on the patients to healthcare workers ratio and why it is important to both those working in the ICU and those who are being cared for there.

In her presentation, On-call in the ICU, Lara Prisco (Cambridge, United Kingdom) discusses what being "on-call" really means and offers some suggestions on how to best manage this necessary part of the job. When it comes to any position, working hours are always a central concern. Victoria Metaxa (London, United Kingdom) looks at the reality of too many or two few hours of work in the unit.

Overtime and Underuse: a real issue or a fashionable diagnosis?
The ICU is a highly demanding environment, not only intellectually but also physically and emotionally. Work-related stress leading to burnout and compassion fatigue has been well documented over the previous years, despite concerns about the lack of an officially accepted definition. Furthermore, poor communication, lack of initiative and a feeling of disempowerment are common between the junior medical and nursing ICU staff, threatening their quality of life and endangering patient care.
~ Victoria Metaxa 

With the modern ease of travel and the emphasis on continuous learning, fellowships and the like have become ever-popular in intensive care, as with many areas of medicine.  In her frank presentation, Ruth Endacott (Plymouth, United Kingdom) looks at the influences of short-term employees - from close and further afield - on the dynamics, culture and work efficiency of the ICU.

Diederik van Dijk completes this well-rounded session focused on the complexities attached to working in the ICU with a talk on segment of the intensive care professionals daily experience that is paramount: End-of-life decisions. One of the most sensitive aspects of the job, end-of-life decsions are oft the cause of ethical dilemmas for ICU teams. This final session deals with this issue and provides time for participants to discuss. 

This session is about you, for you: Gain some clarity about your chosen profession...  

 

Thematic Session ~ THE COMPLEX LIFE IN AN ICU

07.10.2015, 08:30 – 10:00, room Paris

 

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