On trauma stepdown/burn ICU, I remember a MVC pt, who had a long recovery ahead of her. Her children (16 yrs & 11yr old boys) came to see her for the first time. They were so scared to touch their mother. I am just glad their grandmother was there to encourage them. The pt's head injury likewise caused her to be restrained to the bed because things were going to be ripped out. I wanna say GCS was 12 or 13. I left the room to give them some privacy and went back to try to get them involved in some things I was doing such as fixing her SCD's.
Do you all put the families to work on the first visit or teach them about the patients feeding tube, IV lines, trach etc even if they don't ask?