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Life After ICU: Patients Face Lasting Physical, Mental Distress
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Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)
A stay in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) can be daunting. Wires, tubes, beeping monitors, unfamiliar noises lurking in the background, and the constant fear of whether you will make it through the illness.
For critically ill patients who survive, the near-death experience can leave a lasting impact on their health. The road to recovery, then, stretches way beyond getting off the ventilator and coming back home.
Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) is characterized by physical, cognitive and psychological symptoms that appear after a patient leaves the ICU.
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