Critical Care Doctor Daren Heyland presents:

Things to Know Before You Consent to ICU Care

Things to Know Before You Consent to ICU Care

Make your plan today to formally document your values, preferences, and concerns in advance of a serious illness.

In this 12-minute video, your questions will be answered:

In this 12-minute video, your questions will be answered:

  • What is an intensive care unit?
  • What kind of treatments are offered there?
  • What happens to patients in the ICU and how do they turn out?
  • Is ICU right for you or a loved one?
  • What is an intensive care unit?
  • What kind of treatments are offered there?
  • What happens to patients in the ICU and how do they turn out?
  • Is ICU right for you or a loved one?

Why is this message important?

Serious illness, like a heart attack, stroke, or accident can happen at any time. When that happens, you will likely be too sick to think and speak clearly. Doctors will have to work with your substitute decision-maker (usually a close family member or friend) to make life and death decisions. This will be a very stressful experience for them if they don’t know your wishes and preferences for ICU care. There is no time like now to prepare for future serious illness. Get better informed, greater peace of mind and subsequently, the right medical care for yourself and your loved ones.

Who is Dr. Heyland?

Dr. Daren Heyland is a clinical care doctor and researcher at Queens University. He spent 20 years as a critical care doctor studying decision-making in a hospital setting. Since then, he has continued to help his patients prepare for serious illness through the creation of Plan Well Guide’s online planning tools.

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