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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-913455-3
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Premium Color interior
    • 48 pages
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    • 978-1-03-913456-0
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 48 pages
  • Keywords
    • Explaining intensive care unit to children,
    • Explaining critical care unit to children,
    • ICU or intensive care unit,
    • CCU or critical care unit,
    • Teach children about ICU,
    • Children visit ICU,
    • Prepare children to visit ICU

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All About the Intensive Care Unit
How to Prepare Kids for an ICU Visit
by Alexandria Friesen and Morgan Livingstone

It is normal to feel worried or afraid if you know someone who is in the intensive care unit (ICU). This book will help prepare children and youth for what to expect if they have a family member or loved one in the ICU. Simple language and medically accurate images will help explain the ICU setting, including information about: • Why a person may be in the ICU, • Machines, tubes, and other equipment they may see, • The importance of sedation, and • Different medical staff that care for people in the ICU. Whether the young person is planning to visit a patient in the ICU in person or virtually, All About the Intensive Care Unit will help prepare them and their family for what they might see and hear in this special area of the hospital.

Alexandria Friesen and Morgan Livingstone photo

Morgan Livingstone was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist and is the author of Talking to Your Kids About Breast Cancer: A Guide for Parents and Talking to Kids About Metastatic Breast Cancer. She lives with her husband Mike and has two children, Finn and Fay, and a dog named Indy. Alexandria Friesen was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She currently lives in Toronto with her partner, Andrew where she also works as a Certified Child Life Specialist. She is a plant mom to over 80 houseplants and is a first-time author. All About the Intensive Care Unit is the first book in a series: Child Life Book Club.


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