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Post-intensive care syndrome: What it is and how to help prevent it

Judy E. Davidson, DNP, RN, FCCM, CNS; Maurene A. Harvey, MPH, RN, MCCM; Jessica Schuller, BSN, RN; and Gary Black, MEd, BSEd, BFA, AA

American Nurse Today

Medical Journal

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Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals


At least one-third of ICU patients and their families experience PICS or PICS-F. Incidence is at least 50% among patients who’ve had sepsis or acute respiratory distress syndrome or were on a mechanical ventilator for more than 5 days. At least half of PICS patients still need some form of care 1 year after hospital discharge. The past decade has seen a tremendous increase in our understanding of the long-term effects of critical illness on patients and their families. As our PICS knowledge base continues to expand, the challenge is to inform healthcare providers who care for critically ill patients during and after their hospital stay of the potential consequences of ICU admission.

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