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Carol's journey in critical care: An Enlighten Project case study

Mcauley, Edel; Johnston, Laura; Johnston, Paul; Shaw, Jess; Bonner, Steve; Chazot, Paul L.

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Edel Mcauley

Laura Johnston

Paul Johnston

Jess Shaw

Steve Bonner


Background: The Enlighten Project seeks to explore how awareness of the physical environment in critical care may impact patient well-being and recovery and whether simple changes may improve outcomes. Methods: In this study we follow the journey of a long stay critical care patient, recording her observations and memories of her experiences in different bed spaces of both an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and a High Dependency Unit (HDU) at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Results: Patient's account gave insight into the patient's eye view from various critical care bed spaces and how different positions across a unit can impact patient experience. Different bed positions and side rooms yielded different degrees of positive and negative responses, causing varying levels of comfort/discomfort and contentment/distress. Conclusions: Patient's eye view perspective strongly influenced Carols' experience in Critical care, and she displayed a positive attitude to personalised lighting, aesthetics, and levels of environmental and communication control, which were introduced to the her during the study.


Mcauley, E., Johnston, L., Johnston, P., Shaw, J., Bonner, S., & Chazot, P. L. (2022). Carol's journey in critical care: An Enlighten Project case study. Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, 44, 3-7.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 9, 2022
Online Publication Date Apr 14, 2022
Publication Date 2022-06
Deposit Date May 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 14, 2023
Journal Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care
Print ISSN 2210-8440
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44
Pages 3-7


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