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Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS): Emerging Perspectives to Improve Patient Care
Alan Chong W. Lee, PT, PhD, DPT, CWS, GCS, Patricia J. Ohtake, PT, PhD, Jim Smith, PT, DPT, & Alecia Thiele, PT, DPT, MSEd, ATC, LAT, ACCE
American Physical Therapy Association
Medical Professional Education
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Critical Care Physicians, General Medical Professionals, Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals
5 million people enter ICUs in the USA each year and over 80% of survivors of critical illness experience post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) – a constellation of cognitive, psychological, and physical symptoms including prolonged muscle weakness, reduced performance of activities of daily living, diminished ambulation and strength, post
traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety. These symptoms persist for months and years following hospital discharge. This session will examine the etiology of symptoms comprising PICS and discuss evidence-based tests and measures to objectively examine individuals with PICS. Outcomes from recent clinical trials of interventions for people with PICS will be analyzed and sample intervention programs will be described. This course will conclude with an exploration of challenges associated with the transitions of care experienced by individuals with PICS and offer some solutions.
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