What is post-intensive care syndrome (PICS)?


Patients recovering from critical illness may experience a combination of cognitive, psychological, and physical signs and symptoms that remain for months to many years after critical illness, known as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). The common symptoms of PICS include:

  • Physical Symptoms

  • Breathing difficulties

  • Weakness and balance problems

  • Neuromuscular impairments

  • Pain or numbness

  • Cognitive Symptoms

  • Memory difficulties

  • Concentration difficulties

  • Slowed mental processing

  • Trouble carrying out tasks

  • Psychological Symptoms

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • PTSD

  • Sleep problems

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