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Post-intensive care syndrome results from continuous inflammation
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General Medical Professionals, Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals
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Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)
Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) describes a set of disorders that are common in patients with severe illness and / or intensive care. Since the majority of the literature in intensive care medicine focuses on short-term outcomes (for example, survival), understanding of the patient's long-term development is relatively limited, since the latter is then considered to be healed.
Cognitive impairment includes deficits in memory, attention, speed of mental processing and problem solving. These impairments affect up to 80% of people who have experienced a serious illness. Most patients' symptoms improve or even disappear completely within the first year after treatment in the intensive care unit.
The underlying pathophysiology of cognitive impairment in critical care survivors is not well understood, but prolonged inflammation can play an important role
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