MedlinePlus, provided by the National Library of Medicine, is a great starting point for basic information and links to other websites and associations. Find patient handouts, statistics, journal articles, images, and more. In the Medical Encyclopedia sidebar, check out the Chest Tube Insertion slideshow and other procedural info.
The ATS Critical Care Assembly has developed a series of short explanations of illnesses and procedures that are commonly seen in the Intensive Care Unit. The explanations can be printed and given to patients or used as a template for discussion.
This website is provided by the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and includes information for patients on the ICU team, answers to frequently asked questions, and a glossary of terms often used in critical care.
ICUSteps is a group that provides information and support to patients going through ICU care and the long recovery process. At this site you'll find options for connecting with other ICU patients and family members, as well as a guide to what to expect in the ICU. Go to the "Intensive Care Guide" tab for the best information.
This site provides a wealth of information to patients on what to expect going into ICU care, and what to expect after the ICU. It was developed by a research scientist who saw a lack of adequate information for ICU clinicians to share with their patients.
Patient information handouts produced by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on a wide variety of topics. Below you'll find the most pertinent pages related to critical care. Click here to see more JAMA Patient Pages.
In addition to MyHealth.Alberta.ca, Lippincott Advisor, DynaMed Plus and Lexicomp are all excellent sources for patient education handouts, which you may wish to consider using to support your patient education needs where appropriate. In DynaMed Plus, use the search box to find a relevant topic, and use the left side navigation to select the "Patient Information" heading. In Lippincott Advisor, see the "Patient Teaching Handouts" section and in Lexicomp you'll find a "Patient Education" tab in the top menu.