"The diaries are a great tool for helping patients fill in the gaps of their stay in ICU and for preventing PTSD."
- ICU staff member, 2018
Examples only. Not actual entries.
An easy to use diary app developed by clinical staff for patients and their relatives, to assist with patient recovery.
Documenting a patient’s time in ICU helps them and their relatives to 'make sense' of what has happened. The majority of patients have little or no memory of their time in ICU. The diary can help them to piece together events to better understand what happened and how unwell they have been.
Keeping a diary helps patients to sort troubling memories from reality. This improves mental health and aids physical recovery and may also reduce the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
"I can honestly say these diaries are an amazing thing. There was a massive hole that’s a bit smaller now."
- ICU patient and diary recipient, 2018
The app, available on the web, iOS and Android mobile devices, allows clinical staff to easily create a secure and legible diary for the patient.
The diary can be printed and presented to the patient at an appropriate time in their recovery. The printed version includes photos, a glossary of terms and contact information.
Easy to read/write entries
Record audio entries
Access for relatives
Information governance pack available
ICU Diary was developed by Cambridge Digital Health for Cambridge University Hospitals, with financial support from Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, with some of the net profit from sales to other institutions going back to Cambridge University Hospitals.