Thanks to medical advance, more and more patients are surviving critical illness. But for some, the return home is harder than anticipated. Many ICU survivors struggle with physical, emotional and cognitive problems following critical illness. These symptoms have been named “Post Intensive Care Syndrome,” or PICS.
Critical care professionals now recognize that former ICU patients might benefit from specialized care to address this spectrum of issues.
We now know that ICU survival is often only the beginning of what can often be a long journey towards recovery.