Name of Media:

The life cycle of intensive care survivors


Ligia Pires

Publisher or Source:

European Respiratory Society

Type of Media:


Media Originally for:

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

Country of Origin:


Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:



I started the Intensive care follow-up clinic to try to make sense of my work with critical patients and get feedback from their physical recovery. Over time, I verified that the patients presented not only physical effects, but that they maintained psychological and cognitive changes. They also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as survivors of war or other catastrophes would, which may last for years because of their near-death experience.

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