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Name of Media:

Effective strategies to reduce "post-intensive care unit syndrome" for our patients


David Hotchkin, M.D., MSc

Publisher or Source:

Providence Health & Services

Type of Media:


Media Originally for:

Former ICU Patients, Former ICU Patients' Family Members, Friends or Caregivers, General Public

Country of Origin:

United States

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

COVID-19 Related:



Despite caring for the sickest patients in the hospital, critical care teams have seen significant improvements in rates for mortality, sepsis and a host of other measures. For example, mortality among patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome has decreased from about 40 percent to 28 percent, and septic shock mortality has decreased from 33 percent to 18 percent.

However, despite these impressive reductions in mortality, ICU care frequently leaves patients feeling weak, confused, possibly depressed and with PTSD, and with a long road to recovery. During the past decade, more attention has been directed to recognizing and preventing symptoms that have come to be recognized as “post-intensive care unit syndrome.”

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