• Every Deep-Drawn Breath

  • A Critical Care Doctor on Healing, Recovery, and Transforming Medicine in the ICU
  • By: Dr. Wes Ely
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner, Dr. Wes Ely
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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Every Deep-Drawn Breath

By: Dr. Wes Ely
Narrated by: Grover Gardner,Dr. Wes Ely
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Publisher's Summary

“Perhaps one lesson to draw from the pandemic, with help from books like this one, is that the ICU experience can be changed for the better” (The Washington Post) for both patients and their families. You will learn how in this timely, urgent, and compassionate work by a world-renowned critical care doctor.

Over the next ten years, 40 to 60 million people in this country will be admitted to the ICU. Most of these hospitalizations will be sudden, unexpected, and harrowing experiences that can alter patients and their families physically and emotionally, with effects that endure for years.

In this rich blend of science, medical history, profoundly humane patient stories, and personal reflection, Dr. Wes Ely describes his mission to prevent patients from being inadvertently harmed by the technology that is keeping them alive. You will experience the world of critical care through the eyes of a physician who drastically changed his clinical practice to offer person-centered health care, and through cutting-edge research convinced others to do the same.

For decades, ICU survivors left the hospital with disabling symptoms including newly acquired dementia, depression, PTSD, and nerve damage, all now recognized as Post Intensive Care Syndrome, or PICS. Dr. Ely’s groundbreaking investigations advanced the understanding of PICS and introduced crucial changes that reshaped intensive care: minimizing sedation, maximizing mobility, listening to the family, and providing supportive aftercare. Dr. Ely shows that there are ways to bring humanity into the ICU and that “technology plus touch” is the future of health care and is a proven path toward returning ICU patients to the lives they had before their hospital stay. An essential resource for anyone who will be affected by illness—which is all of us—Ely’s “personal, passionate return to the ethical heart of the Hippocratic oath…[offers] meaningful, thought-provoking insight into the world of critical care” (Kirkus Reviews).

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A clarion call in medicine

As a physician and human being, I found this book challenging and encouraging. The humanism and patient-centered medical protocols discussed are necessary ingredients in saving our broken healthcare system. Well done, Dr. Ely. You have been faithful to your high calling and have inspired others to the same.

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survivor

Finally a book written by a professional that helps put the pieces together. Having gone through ICU psychosis back in 2012, life has been very different and in some ways difficult. A lot of things did not make sense and I felt very alone and misunderstood. It is very refreshing to read a professional book that helps everything make sense again. If this is something that you have gone through, something a love one of yours has gone through, or if you are professional treating somebody who has gone through this please pick up this book and read it.

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Read, Best ever!

As a Faith Community Nurse (FCN) Coordinator, I learn all I can to increase my own knowledge and share information with other FCNs. Care of the mind body and spirit of the patient and family is vital to promoting quality of care at each stage of life, especially end of life care for the most vulnerable!

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Humanity

I’m a healthcare provider and worked many years in ICUs. Dr. Ely does a great job at breaking the complicated dealings of critical illness down into simple explanation. This reflective story helps us to focus on the human side of critical care medicine. For those of us in the field .. an inspired call to action.

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Powerful, Healing, Informative

This book is a must read for anyone who is a healthcare provider, has been an intensive care patient, or family members of an individual who has been in the intensive care. Essentially a book for everyone.

It is full of hope, healing, and compassion. The information shared must be a turning point in clinical intensive care medicine, for all those who administer it, and receive it,

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fabulous information for patients and doctors alik

One of the biggest issues I've ever seen in ctitical care has been miscommunication and misunderstanding. There has always been  a disconnect between what a doctor says and what a patient understands. Even more importantly, the disconnect between what a patient tries to communicate and what the doctor understands.

Allen Alda recognized this problem years ago and began teaching medical people how to talk to non medical people. Dr Ely addresses the other end of the problem in this book and teaches medical people how to listen.

In this book Dr Ely explains the path to better patient care for those who usually can't advocate for themselves. For those providers that want more comprehensive, more successful, patient care, Dr Ely uses this book to provide a jumping off place

More importantly, Dr. Ely writes this book in a way that most people can understand. The medical terms are explained without any sense of arrogance or superiority. A non medicall reader needn't fear being addressed as if they are lessor beings for a lack of medical degree.

Most importantly, these stories give words to all those patients who have always known something was wrong but didn't have the words to make that understood.

As someone who has always cared deeply about the whole person of my paitents I cannot stop being hopeful after reading this book. Dr. Ely proves that medicine is evolving for the better.

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Leaves you breathless with gratitude

Speaking as a ICU specialist, this was a fantastic eye opener!!! Excellent. So real you can taste it.

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Patient, loved one, HC Prof? Please read this!

Dr. Wes Ely has crafted a compassionate, enlightening and ultimately uplifting book that everyone should read—particularly anyone in healthcare. He writes with humility and profound caring about Post ICU Syndrome, the long-term effects of an ICU stay and how he and others are striving to improve life after for patients and their families. All written in laymen’s terms. Excellent narration too.
And he is donating all the proceeds to groups that support ICU survivors and their families.

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Contemporary Critical Care History

Pro: Great account of recent ICU care and improving practices over the decades. Compelling case studies of post ICU syndrome and the personal motivations of physicians that may not be in concordance with best outcomes or patient preferences. Good for non ICU staff (hopefully, you know this already)

Con: the narrator is Terrible. I couldn’t get past 2/3 of it.

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Thought provoking and honest

As a graduating medical student about to enter residency, I found the takes in this book to be refreshing and honest. It’s interesting to see a field as complex as critical care evolve so drastically over one’s career. As I enter emergency medicine residency and possibly critical care afterwards, I’m curious to see how drastically in my own perspective evolves in the upcoming decades. It’s always nice to see you an attending physician be honest about the things that they don’t know as from the trainees perspective they look like these ethereal beings that seem to know Everything about their field. I would highly recommend this book.