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Is the patient aware of what is happening?

It is sometimes difficult to know for sure if patients are aware of what’s going on around them, especially if they are not awake. However, it is important to treat all patients as if they can hear. Nurses always explain to each patient what is happening at the bedside before any care is provided. Family members are encouraged to do the same. In fact, talking about the weather or activities at home may provide a familiar voice and added comfort for the patient.

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Critical Care Medicine

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, 
D-wing, 1st floor
room D1 08
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-4522
Fax: 416-480-4999

For information about patients admitted to Sunnybrook's Intensive Care Units, please contact the unit through the hospital switchboard at 416-480-6100