InS:PIRE - inspiring the world of intensive care

Glasgow’s “inspire-ational” team are inspiring the world of intensive care

Intensive Care Unit medics and nurses at Glasgow Royal Infirmary have developed a unique patient intervention that is attracting a lot of national and international attention.

They realised that patients often have persistent physical and psychological problems as a direct result of their stay in intensive care.

Waking up in an ICU after a major life threatening experience can be extremely traumatic in itself – to be surrounded by such intensive medical care attached to a wide range of medical equipment and monitoring screens adds to the psychological impact.

Everyone is aware that support and therapy can be a lifesaver for those who come out of major incidents such as terrorism events, war or multiple mass casualty incidents….yet until now there has been no special help for the patients who come through the trauma of fairly long spells of ICU treatment.

That’s where the specialist ICU team at the city’s Royal Infirmary come in - they developed their thinking about how to tackle this issue and worked with patients and their families to create an innovative new programme that they call “InS:PIRE” (The Intensive care Syndrome: Promoting Independence and Return to Employment).

Now the team have pioneered a unique patient/staff led five-week rehabilitation and support initiative that has own multiple awards and has been shared with leading experts in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

Dr Tara Quasim, ICU consultant, said: “This innovative project we hope will change the lives of many people who have been cared for in ICU.

“We hope that this programme will navigate patients in their recovery by giving both patients and their relatives access to appropriate services and support.”

Our short video shows patients who have been helped by the initiative, as well as staff discussing their approach.