Intensive Care / Critical Care

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UK sources of information and / or support

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Intensive Care Society

The Intensive Care Society sets the professional standards of care in intensive care. It is the professional organisations for doctors and other professionals working in intensive care. It also supports through The Intensive Care Foundation medical research into better treatments in intensive care. Some of the information on their website may be of interest to the general public. For example, CritPal is the Patient Liaison Committee of the Intensive Care Society. It represents the interests of patients who have been in intensive care. It publishes information and help booklets for relatives and patients and gives presentations to medical, nursing and other professional conferences and groups on the consequences of intensive care on patients and relatives.

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Scottish Intensive Care Society

Professional organisation but has a section on their website aimed at patients and relatives which includes information on Emergency admission to hospital, Intensive care units and what to expect, Visiting an ICU, and What does all the equipment do?

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BLISS - The Premature Baby Charity

BLISS provides support and information for parents who have - or have had - a baby in special care.

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ICU steps - the support team for ex-ICU patients

A support group set up by ex-patients and family members of Milton Keynes Hospital Intensive Care Unit who have been unfortunate to suffer life threatening injury or illness. They offer support and to share experiences in the long recovery period. They hold regular drop-ins for anyone to come along and talk about anything they wish. The web site tells of ex-patients and family members own experiences and offers a bulletin board and a contact page. It also gives the dates of all our drop-ins and any future fund raising events.

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Medicine Guide for Intensive Care

Medicine Guides provide reliable information about medicines (drugs), conditions and the different treatment options available. They have been developed in the UK as part of the Medicines Information Project.

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Intensive Care

Healthtalkonline, is an award-winning charity website, which lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. The information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford.

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Intensive Care: Experiences of Family & Friends

Healthtalkonline, is an award-winning charity website, which lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. The information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford.

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Breathe On UK

Site set up to support all parents of children on long term ventilation in the UK.

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National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units

A multi disciplinary organisation committed to the development of psychiatric intensive care and low secure services. The site enables visitors to find out more about the organisation, share information on forth coming events and participate in discussions and surveys and audits on issues important to service provision. Some of the information on their website may be of interest to the general public.

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Intensive care

Information from NHS Choices - the government's patient information portal.


Further sources / more detailed information

Some non-UK sites

The following list popular non-UK health information sites with content aimed at the general public. They are mainly from the US. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included but these large sites are comprehensive.

More detailed medical information

The following list online sources of more detailed medical information, mainly from the UK. These sites are mainly aimed at health professionals, but are of interest to all. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included, but information about most medical topics can usually be found.

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