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Name of Media:
Patient and Family Post Intensive Care Syndrome
Judy E. Davidson, RN, DNP; and Maurene A. Harvey, MPH
Publisher or Source:
Advanced Critical Care
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Media Originally for:
Critical Care Physicians, Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals
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Primary Focus of Media:
Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)
For years it has been known that many patients who survive critical illness do not return to their original state of health, resulting in long-term consequences of critical illness.1Weakness acquired in the intensive care unit (ICU) is a physical consequence occurring in 25% to 80% of patients who receive mechanical ventilation for more than 4 days and in 50% to 75% of patients with sepsis. Nearly all patients affected with ICU-acquired weakness have symptoms that persist years later. Issues with cognitive function occur in 30% to 80% of ICU survivors and include memory, planning, problem-solving, visual-spatial, and processing problems. Cognitive consequences may improve during the months after discharge. However, 25% of patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) have long-term persistent cognitive impairment 6 years after discharge.
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