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Name of Media:

What Is Post–Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)?


American Thoracic Society

Publisher or Source:

American Thoracic Society

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 Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:



Post–intensive care syndrome (PICS) is a group of problems that people can experience after surviving a life-threatening illness. More than half (50 percent) of all people who survive a hospital stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) will have at least one of the problems seen with PICS. These problems can greatly affect the lives of survivors of critical illness. Problems can be physical or mental and may affect one’s ability to think or function in daily life. Many patients are unable to return work and do not have the same energy level that they had before their illness. This fact sheet will review common problems seen with PICS as well as ways to try to prevent and treat these problems.

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