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Name of Media:

Rehabilitation after critical illness

Author(s):

Catherine White, Bronwen Connolly, and Matthew James Rowland

Publisher or Source:

The BMJ

Type of Media:

Medical Journal

Media Originally for:

Critical Care Physicians,General Medical Professionals,Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:

Yes

Description:

Covid-19 has raised public awareness about critical illness, but there has been less focus on establishing the services and infrastructure required to support patients in their recovery after hospital discharge. The burden experienced by patients who survive critical illness is well documented. The symptoms are collectively known as post-intensive care syndrome and can include long term physical impairments such as muscle weakness, weight loss, breathlessness ; cognitive impairment such as problems with memory, attention, and executive function ; and psychological symptoms such as depression or anxiety. Those recovering from covid 19 are also more likely have additional respiratory sequelae. Furthermore, deficits in quality of life can persist for up to 12 years after critical illness with many people unable to return to work. Families of patients can also be deeply affected by their experience.

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