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Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: Surviving the Pediatric ICU

Dyana Mejia, BSN,RN,CCRN

CHOC Children’s Hospital

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Medical advances over the past few decades have led to an overall decrease in patient mortality for those experiencing a traumatic health challenge. Research on long-term health out comes post-traumatic illness has shown there is an increase and worsening of functional morbidity resulting from the critical illnesses and associated therapies and treatments experienced by patients.Pollack et al.(2014) estimates morbidity (the rate of ongoing clinical health challenges) to be as high as4.8%, twice the rate of mortality. Preventing or reducing mortality is no longer the sole outcome measure for effectiveness of critical care interventions(Herrup et al.,2017). Rather, ensuring optimal long-term health outcomes post-trauma are a major focus of current healthcare interventions in the intensive care unit (ICU).

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