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ICU Recovery

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After the ICU

What is PICS?

After the ICU, patients can have long-lasting problems with thinking, doing normal activities and emotional well-being. This group of symptoms is known as “Post Intensive Care Syndrome” or “PICS.”

Cognitive Dysfunction (problems with thinking)
  • Memory loss or forgetfulness
  • Trouble with concentration or paying attention
Psychosocial Dysfunction (emotional or relationship problems)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or flashbacks
  • Worry or anxiety
  • Depression or sadness
Physical Dysfunction (weakness or poor coordination)
  • ICU Acquired Weakness 
Although there is no single “cure” for PICS, the symptoms can be treated. Usually, this is done with physical therapy, cognitive therapy and psychiatric care or counseling. One of the best ways to get this care, is through an ICU Recovery Clinic.

External Resources

Society of Critical Care Medicine: Post Intensive Care Syndrome

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: ICU Delirium and Recovery

Non-English Resources

Más personas sobreviven a una enfermedad crítica, lo que lleva a un aumento en una afección llamada síndrome de cuidados post-intensivos (PICS).

COVID-19 Recovery

At this time, it is hard to know exactly what recovery from COVID-19 will look like. What we do know is that patients are likely to struggle with problems in physical function, thinking and emotional well-being, similar to other patients recovering from the ICU. 

We are currently investigating the long term outcomes of patients admitted to the intensive care unit with COVID-19, and will add more information as it becomes available.

In the Media

Life After Intubation: People Face Physical, Cognitive Issues

Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: Why some COVID-19 patients may face problems even after recovery

PICS: Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

Surviving Critical Illness: What is Post-ICU Syndrome and How does it Affect Patients and Families? 

Flashbacks Plague Former ICU Patients 

After an ICU stay, cognitive loss is common, study says 

For Older Patients, an 'Afterworld' of Hospital Care 

After the ICU


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