FORMER ICU PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES SUPPORTING EACH OTHER
ICU Clinicians Need to Care about PICS
According to the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), as stated on the homepage of its website, their non-profit agency
"...is the largest non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care.
SCCM further describes the significant depth and breadth of its agency by stating:
"With members in more than 100 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team," see this link.
Most importantly for its members and the patients that its members treat, SCCM explains:
On August 4, 2015, SCCM posted an article to their website (which readers may reasonably assume contains statements of fact and conclusions which have been adopted by SCCM). Why ICU Clinicians Need to Care about Post-Intensive Care Syndrome, written by Mark E. Mikkelsen, MD, MSCE; Theodore J. Iwashyna, MD, PhD; Carol Thompson, PhD, ACNP, CCRN, FCCM, like the hundreds of other impressive articles on the SCCM website is extremely well researched and written. In the final paragraph of the introuction, the authors state:
"Although a number of distractions try to tear us away from our core mission of the Right Care, Right Now™ for our critically ill patients, PICS is not a distraction. Here are our top five reasons why we believe PICS is, in fact, at the center of our mission of clinical excellence for the critically ill.
CRITICAL CARE CLINICIANS AGREE THAT THAT TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE SPENT TIME IN AN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT ("ICU") SUFFER FROM POST INTENSIVE CARE SYNDROME ("PICS"). FURTHER, THESE CLINICIANS AGREE THAT MILLIONS OF FAMILY MEMBERS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPENT TIME IN AN ICU SUFFER FROM POST INTENSIVE CARE SYNDROME FOR FAMILY MEMBERS ("PICS-F"), SEE THIS LINK.