Visiting ICU. A comic from the University of Dundee.

Admission to intensive care is a life-changing event, not only for the individual undergoing treatment but also for their family and friends. Critical illness is often a frightening and uncertain time for all those affected. It can be particularly challenging for children and young people to understand not only what is happening but also the emotions they are feeling. It can also be very hard for parents and carers to explain what intensive or critical care actually is.

This comic has been produced by a team of specialist healthcare professionals, comic creators, and academics to help children and young people understand this complex environment.

The story follows Eva as she visits her mum in intensive care. Eva meets Alex, who has been a regular visitor to intensive care, where his dad is being treated. The two become friends as Alex shares his intensive care journey and we learn about the experiences that may be encountered.

We hope you find this story helpful at what may be a difficult time and encourage you to ask your healthcare team if you have any questions, big or small.

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This comic was made possible through the support of NHS Tayside and the Tayside Organ Donation Committee. It has been endorsed by the Scottish Intensive Care Society. It was produced by the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies (University of Dundee).