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Name of Media:

The Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS): Impact of ICU-stay on functioning and implications for rehabilitation care.


Dettling-Ihnenfeldt, D.S.

Publisher or Source:

University of Amsterdam

Type of Media:

Medical Professional Education

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:



Each year, about 28.000 individuals are discharged from intensive care units (ICUs)
encountering physical, mental and/or cognitive disorders as part of the post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). The general aim of this thesis was to explore the course and prognosis of functioning in ICU survivors during the first year after ICU discharge, and to investigate means for early identification of PICS. The studies included in this thesis focused on adult ICU-patients, who were mechanically ventilated more than 48 hours in a closed format mixed medical-surgical ICU. In this chapter the main findings and methodological issues of the presented studies are reviewed, implications for clinical practice are discussed, and recommendations for rehabilitation care as well as for future research are provided.

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