What We Do at AICU
Post Intensive Care Syndrome
We believe that the best way we can help the 5,000,0000+ people who will have an ICU experience in 2017 and the medical professionals that will treat them, is to share all available documentation and information about the definition, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, evaluation, treatment, and outcomes for patients with PICS and family members with PICS-F.
Although there is no official definition for post-intensive care syndrome ["PICS"] or post intensive care syndrome for family members ["PICS-F"], most clinicians agree that PICS and PICS-F constitute new or worsening function in one or more of the following domains after critical illness: physical impairments, cognitive function and psychological function.
Advances in critical care medicine have resulted in a growing population of survivors of critical illness. Many survivors experience impairment in cognition, mental health, and physical function, known as PICS. The mental health of family members, care givers and even friends may also be adversely affected, the term used for this is PICS-Family or PICS-F. One goal of the AftertheICU team is to develop an online library of most of the online documentation and information regarding PICS and PICS-F. in the medical community both in the United States and around the world.
We hope that our website becomes a "go to" resource for those in medical community who are interested in learning about PICS and PICS-F as well as ICU patients and their families.
After the ICU invites medical professionals to share their links to websites, articles, research and any other online materials about Post Intensive Care Syndrome ["PICS"] with us. Click here for a listing in alphabetical order by names of authors, of online documentation relative to all aspects of PICS and PICS-F. After the ICU plans to continue adding to the below links, as we continue with our research. The expansion of online materials about PICS and PICS-F, for medical professionals, is significant and very encouraging.