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Social media can contribute to holistic nursing care

Diagnosed with locked-in syndrome after a brain stem stroke, Kate Allat lauds the professional support she received and urges nurses to realise the opportunities social media can present to improve holistic care.
Kate Allatt

Diagnosed with locked-in syndrome after a brain stem stroke, Kate Allat lauds the professional support she received – and urges nurses to realise the opportunities social media can present to improve holistic care

In 2010, when I was 39, I found out what great nursing care was when I was a patient at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

I had a brain stem stroke and was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome (LIS), which leaves patients unable to move a single muscle. Patients with LIS are seemingly unable to feel, see or hear, and they are unable to communicate despite being fully aware of what is happening around them. It is the stuff of nightmares.

My recovery has been spectacular. From initially being able to communicate by blinking, I gradually

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