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The impact of post intensive care syndrome in patients surviving the ICU: the downside of ICU treatment

Ramnarain, D., Rutten, A., Van der Nat, G., Van Gorp, J., Gnirrep, I., Voermans Schellekens, S., Schapendonk, W., Van Slobbe, C., Savelsberg-Huijbregts, L., Schoenmakers-Verheijden, I., & Van der Lely, N.

Intensive Care Medicine Experimental

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


Despite reduced mortality and increasing survival rate of ICU treatment, a large group of patients surviving the ICU have a variety of complaints. Survivors of critical illness can undergo dramatic changes in their lives as a result of their experience, with many having some form of deficit in one or more domains of physical, psychological or cognitive functioning. There is still much to learn about the magnitude of the so-called Post ICU Syndrome (PICS) in patients surviving in the ICU.

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