Jain, M. (2011). Intensive care units grow more friendly to patients’ families at some hospitals. The Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health/intensive-care-units-grow-more-friendly-to-patients-families-at-some-hospitals/2011/06/06/gIQAknvtnJ_story.html.
Not long ago, when my father was about to undergo a heart procedure, I hinted to the cardiologist, a colleague, that I wanted to be there, too, not just to offer comfort but also to be present for the play-by-play that would lead to a critical decision: whether to open his blocked arteries with a stent or to perform bypass surgery. Draped in an X-ray-shielding body suit over his blue scrubs, the doctor hesitated.
I understand why.
I’ve stood in his shoes and listened to family members say they want to be present 24/7 with their loved ones, often in the most challenging of hospital environments, such as the intensive care unit.