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ICU e-diary resources for clinical teams

Advice for clinical staff on getting started with the ICU e-diary

This page provides the following guidance:  

  1. Making a patient ICU e-diary profile

  2. Making entries in the ICU e-diary

  3. Linking family members to the patient's ICU e-diary account and adding them as a care team member

  4. Guidance for staff on how to download a completed ICU e-diary from aTouchAway to PDF format

Step 1. Making a patient ICU e-diary profile

1. Open the aTouchAway app on the ICU computer or tablet using Google chrome.

2. Log in to aTouchAway with the generic login & password chosen for the ICU e.g. icudiarystaff@xxxx.icu and password xxxx&family1. Note: The ICU e-diary login and password is different from the virtual visiting login/password.

Your email address screen - Life Lines - June 2022

3. Double check that the patient does not already have a profile set up for virtual visiting to avoid duplicate accounts. Find the patient by searching for the name of the ICU or the patient’s name e.g., EW2 or Steve Smith.

Your managed users screen - Life Lines - June 2022

4. If there is no patient profile, click on the ‘Creation & Token’ button on the bottom right-hand side of the screen to create a new patient profile.

Creation and token screen - Life Lines - June 2022

5. Click on ‘Create new user’ at the top of screen to bring up the ‘new user’ profile page.

Creation and token new user screen - Life Lines - June 2022

6. Fill out the profile with the patient’s details.

  • If there are multiple ICUs in the hospital, make sure that in the ‘First Name’ row, type the ICU name before the patient’s first name. This makes it easier to search for a patient in the app by narrowing the search to the right patient in the right unit, especially if there is more than one patient with the same name. e., First name: EW2 STEVE, Surname: SMITH.
  • Keep the ‘User’s Preferred Language’ as English (as it will keep the app and content in the English language).
  • Keep the ‘User Type’ as ‘Mobile/Bring Your Own Device’ as this will keep the profile visible on other devices (tablets). Pick the correct ICU unit in ‘Patient Unit’.

User type screen - Life Lines - June 2022

7. Before saving the new user make sure to click on the ‘+ Add’ symbol under ‘Default Managers’. Choose ‘ICU Diary Staff (Nursing/MDT)’ as the Default Manager to be able to create an ICU e-diary. Click on ‘Save’ button to finalise the action.

Default managers screen - Life Lines - June 2022

  • Once save is pressed, go back to ‘Your Managed Users’ and type in the patient’s name and ICU. Click on the patient’s name to enter their home page profile as the image below.

Your managed users find your patient - Life Lines - June 2022

8. The user profile should look like the picture below. If there is no ‘My ICU Diary’ in the Forms section, the ‘ICU Diary Staff (Nursing/MDT) account has not been added as the default manager. In this case, restart another profile page and delete the old profile.

User profile Steve Smith screen - Life Lines - June 2022

Step 2. Making entries in the ICU e-diary

  1. Click on ‘My ICU Diary’ form to open the ICU e-diary form as shown below
  2. Start making an ICU e-diary entry on this form. Once finished, save your form.
  3. NOTE: Read or download the example ICU e-diary guidelines and see example ICU e-diary entry content.
  4. Once the e-diary entry is finished and saved, the form will appear as shown in the picture below.
  5. Any staff member can edit and review their own entry and entries from another clinical team member. Please do not delete entries. It is advised that your organisation identifies one or two staff members who are given permissions to edit entries if required – i.e. if incorrect information is added or inappropriate language is used.
  6. Family members will not be able to view staff entries in the ICU e-diary.

My ICU Diary crete new submission - Life Lines - July 2022

My ICU Diary EW2 Steve Smith - Life Lines - July 2022

Examples of clinical team entries  

This image is the screen seen when making an ICU e-diary entry:

ICU diary entry screen - Life Lines - July 2022

This image shows how the ICU e-diary will appear on the app once saved:

Demo patient in recovery - Life Lines - July 2022

Family member entries

This image is the screen seen when a family member makes an ICU e-diary entry:

Title of Diary Entry - Life Lines - July 2022

This image shows how the ICU e-diary will appear on the app once saved:

Demo patient in recovery screen saved - Life Lines - July 2022

Step 3: Linking family members to the patient's ICU e-diary account and adding them as a care team member

  1. When the patient is selected the following image appears. This is the patient’s home page profile:
    Diary test patient 2 - Life Lines - July 2022
  2. Click on the ‘Care Team View/Manage’ box to grant the family member access to the ICU e-diary. This makes the family member part of the ‘Care Team’.
  3. The family member MUST be made a ‘Care Team Manager’ to gain access to the ICU e-diary.
  4. To invite a patient’s family or friend, click on ‘Invite a New Manager’.

    Managed User - Life Lines - July 2022

  5. The instruction for the next stage differs depending on whether the family member is already registered with aTouchAway for virtual visiting or a new user.
  6. To find out if they are already registered, type in the email address of the family member i.e. the email address used / or planning to use, to register on aTouchAway, in the ‘Search for a contact using their name or email and send them a request’ box.
    Add person to care team - Life Lines - July 2022

  7. If the family member does not exist yet, the system will not identify the email contact and the words ‘Sorry, we can’t find anybody matching that search’ will appear.

  8. Click on ‘Invite Email’, then select the language for the automated email and an automated email will be sent to the family members email account. The email invites the family member to ‘join the Aetonix social network’. For the family member to accept the invitation, they must download the aTouchAway app and create an account by clicking on the ‘registration link’ within the email. (More details on the family member steps are found in the family section)

  9. On the ‘Permission Present’, scroll the options and pick the ‘Family Member access to Digital ICU Diary only’ option.
  10. Click on the green ‘Add’ button to add the family member to the patients ‘Managed User’s Care Team’. Once the family member logs in they will be automatically assigned as a ‘managed user’ for their family member.
  11. If the family member is already signed up to aTouchAway, the family member’s account name will appear under ‘People to Invite’. Click on the name to select. In the ‘permission Preset’ box, select ‘Family Member access to Digital ICU Diary only’ option. Click on the green ‘Add’ button to add the family member to the patients ‘Managed User’s Care Team’. The family member will then be sent the ‘managed user request’ to accept or decline (more details on the family member steps are found in the family section).
  12. Once the family member has accepted the ‘managed request’, the family member contact will be listed in the ‘Managed User’s Care Team’ page as displayed in the image below:

Managed user care team diary test - Life Lines - July 2022

Managed user contact should appear - Life Lines - July 2022

View or download guidance on using the ICU e-diary for clinical teams here.

Step 4: Guidance for staff on how to download a completed ICU e-diary from aTouchAway to PDF format

  • Login to the Aetonix dashboard via the internet with this URL: https://dashboards.aetonix.com/. Bookmark this link. Aetonix works best using Google Chrome.
  • Use the same login name and password for the Aetonix dashboard as used for the ICU e-diary aTouchAway account e.g. icudiarystaff@xxxx.icu and xxxx&family1

Make sure this is set to the United Kingdom region. Only staff should log into the dashboard. This is not accessible to family members.

Aetonix dashboard - Life Lines - July 2022

  • On the Dashboards homepage, click onto the word ‘creation/token’ under ‘User Management’ section.

Aetonix user management - Life Lines - July 2022

  • In ‘User Creation/Token’, type the patient’s name in the search box and when it appears, click on ‘select’, to highlight the patient’s name.

User creation/token - Life Lines - July 2022

  • On the right-hand side of the highlight tab, there are six different icons. Click on the ‘edit’ symbol to view the patient’s profile.

User selection symbol click - Life Lines - July 2022

  • On the ‘Edit User Info’ page, change the ‘user active state’ to ‘user is active’ and change ‘search privacy’ option to ‘visible in search’. Once these settings are changed, press the save button. This will change the settings to make a deactivated profile, active again and possible to retrieve the e-diary.

 Edit user info - Life Lines - July 2022

  • Once this is done, go back onto the main dashboard by clicking on the three-line tab on the top right corner of the screen (circled in red). Look down the drop down menu to select ‘Dashboards’ to get back to the main Dashboards homepage.

User dashboards - Life Lines - July 2022

  • From the Dashboard homepage, click on ‘Managers’ under the ‘User Management’.

Managers in User Management section - Life Lines - July 2022

  • In the ‘Managers’ section, there are two columns, ‘Users’ and ‘Managers’ that are presented side by side. Type the patient’s name in the ’Search Name or Client Number’ box in the ‘Users’ section. When the patient’s name appears, select the name by highlighting the patient.

User management Steve Smith - Life Lines - July 2022

User management Smith 2 - Life Lines - July 2022

On the opposite ‘Managers’ column, a list of managers will appear, indicating how many managers this patient account has. A manager is anyone who can make an ICU e-diary entry. The login account ‘ICU Diary Staff (Nursing/MDT)’ should be visible as a manager. If the login account name ‘ICU Diary Staff (Nursing/MDT)’ is not visible in the list of managers, the login account must be added by following steps 9-12 below. If the login account ‘ICU Diary staff (Nursing / MDT)’ is visible, skip to step 14 below.

  • Click on the blue ‘ADD’ toolbar on the bottom right-hand corner, underneath the ‘Managers’ column.

Add bar - Life Lines - July 2022

  • Type in the login email address for example ‘icudiarystaff@xxxx.icu’ in the search box. This brings up the manager account name of ‘ICU Diary Staff (Nursing/MDT)’. Click on the account name to highlight it blue. Once this is done, close the search box.  

Search - Life Lines - July 2022

  • The generic account name ‘ICU Diary Staff (Nursing/MDT)’ is then automatically added to the patient’s ‘managers’ list, and it should be visible. Scroll down the list of account names on the manager’s column to ensure that the ‘ICU Diary Staff (Nursing/MDT) is listed as a manager.

ICU diary staff - Life Lines - July 2022

  • Once this is done, go back onto the main dashboard by clicking on the three-line tab on the top right corner of the screen (circled in red). Look down the drop down menu to select ‘Dashboards’ to get back to the main Dashboards homepage.

Burger sign - Life Lines - July 2022

Dashboards burger - Life Lines - July 2022

  • On the Dashboards homepage, click onto the word ‘creation/token’ under ‘User Management’ section.

Creation token dashboard - Life Lines - July 2022

  • In ‘User Creation/Token’, type the patient’s name in the search box and when it appears, click on ‘select’, to highlight the patient’s name.   

Select name - Life Lines - July 2022   

  • On the right-hand side of the highlight tab, there are six different icons. Click on the ‘eye’ symbol to view the patient’s profile. 

Eye symbol - Life Lines - July 2022

  • The patient’s profile will appear with multiple tabs beneath. Click on ‘Forms’ to reveal ‘My ICU Diary’ with the heart symbol.

Forms ICU diary - Life Lines - July 2022

  • The ICU e-diary can then be exported as a PDF. On the top right-hand corner of the screen, underneath the three lines, click the ‘Export PDF’ button to convert the ICU e-diary into PDF format.

Export PDF

  • A box will appear on the screen allowing export of the ICU e-diary into PDF format. Click the next button exactly four times to get to the required ‘Export PDF’ page to choose which documents to export.

Export PDF next - Life Lines - July 2022

  • Once the ‘Export PDF’ page is reached as shown below, tick the ‘My ICU Diary’ box and change the option on ‘Sort By’ button to ‘Oldest to Newest’ to ensure that the diary is saved in chronological order. Click ‘Next’, to save the document.

Export PDF more - Life Lines - July 2022

  • Continue to press ‘next’ until the end of the options is reached and the ‘save’ button appears at the bottom of the ‘Export PDF’ page. Press ‘save’ to generate and download the PDF file.

Export PDF save

  • A PDF file will be generated with the patient’s name and appear on the bottom screen of your device.

PDF file saved - Life Lines - July 2022

  • Open the PDF document and check all the correct details are present. The PDF should appear as seen in picture below, named ‘Patient Summary Report’. It will contain all the contents of the ICU e-diary.

NOTE: This PDF document can be printed out or the PDF document attached in an email sent to the patient or the patient’s family. 

Patient summary report - Life Lines - July 2022

  • This document will be saved on the desktop in the ‘downloads’ folder. Be sure to store this PDF document in an appropriate password protected folder only accessible to those staff involved in the return of the ICU e-dairy.

View or download guidance on downloading the ICU e-diary and creating a PDF for clinical teams here.