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Name of Media:

Mental Health Care During and After the ICU A Call to Action


Kristin E. Canavera, PhD; and D. Andrew Elliott, MD

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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 States

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:



Critical illness is associated with high rates of significant, negative psychologic and psychiatric sequelae that are associated commonly with post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). PICS refers to the cognitive, physical, and psychologic impairments that many patients experience after an ICU admission.The primary mental health impairments that critical illness survivors experience are long-term cognitive impairments, depression (approximately 30% of survivors), anxiety (up to approximately 70%), and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (10%-50%). Delirium during critical illness, sometimes referred to as “ICU psychosis,” is also common and has been associated with PTSD.

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