Life Lines has created a digital ICU patient e-diary using the aTouchAway™ application that can replace paper ICU diaries.

The ICU e-diary also enables family members to make entries from home via their secure aTouchAway account on their own device (smartphone, tablet, or computer).

ICU patient e-diaries are designed to fill memory gaps and mitigate psychological distress. E-diaries can positively impact psychological recovery of ICU survivors. They also help family members to process experiences.

Our ICU e-diary enables entries from any member of the ICU interprofessional team via bedside or desktop computers or tablets. The ICU e-diary can be downloaded by a member of the ICU team and then returned to the patient in a PDF format at a later date.

The ICU e-diary was launched at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in October 2021 and has received positive feedback from both family members and staff.

“The biggest benefit for me as a family relative using the ICU e-diary is that I can put my thoughts and feelings down on the ICU e-diary from home. It’s accessible and easy to use,“ feedback from a family member.

“The ICU e-diary is advantageous as it is easy to access. It can’t get lost if the patient is transferred to a different unit,” feedback from an ICU nurse.