The purpose of this research study is to reduce psychological distress and improve communication and family centeredness of care for families of Ventilator Dependent Respiratory Failure (VDRF) patients that have undergone inter-ICU transfer by providing them with timely and adequate information about their transfer of care. This will be accomplished by the development and refinement of our Stressors of Inter-ICU Transfer Telehealth Tool (SITT). The study aims to assess reactions to mocked up SITT domains and support resources of 15-20 family members that have undergone inter-ICU transfer as well as 10 clinicians involved in transfer. The data will drive the refinement of the tool to best meet the needs of the families and clinicians.
The purpose of this research study is to determine the psychological burden placed on the families of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) who have ventilator-dependent respiratory failure, VDRF, as compared to the burden placed on the families of patients with VDRF who have been transferred from one ICU to another. This study aims to determine if inter-ICU transfer, compared to those who are not transferred, leave patients and families with more symptoms such as of depression, anxiety, and stress. Family members of patients admitted to the ICU will be asked to complete a survey that will last between 20 and 30 minutes. The surveys will be used to evaluate the difference in psychological distress placed on families whose loved ones are directly admitted to the ICU as compared to being transferred from one ICU to another.