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ICU-talk: the development of a computerised communication aid for patients in ICU

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  • M. C. Etchels
  • F. MacAulay
  • A. Judson
  • S. Ashraf
  • I. W. Ricketts
  • A. Waller
  • N. Alm
  • A. Warden
  • B. Gordon
  • J. Brodie
  • A. J. Shearer

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-9
Number of pages6
JournalCare of the Critically Ill
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003


As ventilators are becoming more highly developed, it is becoming easier to wean patients from sedation. This means that patients are more awake at a time when they can feel most stressed. Communication can be extremely difficult for this group of alert yet still intubated patients. ICU-Talk is a unique communication aid that has been developed specifically for use at this time. This paper describes the collaborative development of this computerised communication aid.


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