Critical care wardCritical care involves the care of the sickest patients in the hospital. Critically ill patients have usually been through a significant insult to their body (such as trauma, infection, burn) and have developed organ failure and require life-support. Critical Care is the largest theme bringing together clinicians and scientists from diverse backgrounds and includes collaborative research from hospitals throughout north-west London. Investigations range from evaluating biological mechanisms of organ failure through to the development of innovative technologies which allow the short-term and long-term support and recovery of organs. 

Many people are exposed to the environment of an Intensive care unit (ICU) either personally or through a family member. It is often a life-changing event and our work aims to reduce this impact facilitating post-ICU recovery.

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BibTex format

author = {Mobasheri, MH and King, D and Judge, S and Arshad, F and Larsen, M and Safarfashandi, Z and Shah, H and Trepekli, A and Trikha, S and Xylas, D and Brett, SJ and Darzi, A},
doi = {10.1080/07434618.2016.1235610},
journal = {Augmentative and Alternative Communication},
pages = {261--271},
title = {Communication aid requirements of intensive care unit patients with transient speech loss},
url = {},
volume = {32},
year = {2016}

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AB - Alert and transiently nonvocal intensive care unit (ICU) patients are dependent on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Unfortunately, the literature demonstrates that existent AAC devices have not been widely adopted, and unaided methods are often the primary modalities used despite being insufficient, and frustrating. We present the results of a qualitative semi-structured interview study with 8 ex-ICU patients, 4 ICU patient relatives, and 6 ICU staff, exploring their AAC needs and requirements. Participants identified important AAC hardware, software, and content requirements. Salient factors impacting on AAC adoption in the ICU setting were also highlighted and included the need for staff training and bedside patient assessment. Based on the study results, we propose a series of recommendations regarding the design and implementation of future AAC tools specifically targeted at this group.
AU - Mobasheri,MH
AU - King,D
AU - Judge,S
AU - Arshad,F
AU - Larsen,M
AU - Safarfashandi,Z
AU - Shah,H
AU - Trepekli,A
AU - Trikha,S
AU - Xylas,D
AU - Brett,SJ
AU - Darzi,A
DO - 10.1080/07434618.2016.1235610
EP - 271
PY - 2016///
SN - 1477-3848
SP - 261
TI - Communication aid requirements of intensive care unit patients with transient speech loss
T2 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication
UR -
UR -
UR -
VL - 32
ER -