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Breaking it Down: Signs and Symptoms of Post Intensive Care Syndrome

Annie Johnson

Mayo Clinic

Magazine Article

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Former ICU Patients or Their Caregivers, General Public


To recap from our first post in this series, the definition of Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) is new or worsening health problems after a stay in the ICU. These health problems can affect the body, mind, and/or emotions and often present after the patient has been discharged from the hospital. These problems may last anywhere from a few weeks, to months, and in some cases even years. People with PICS often experience a wide array of symptoms.

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