Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

Muscle weakness, memory problems, depression, insomnia, physical pain, nightmares. These are just a few examples of the problems that patients may experience following critical illness. Symptoms such as these which affect emotional, physical, and cognitive health are now being recognized as Post Intensive Care Syndrome, or PICS. Efforts to educate health care providers, patients, and families about Post Intensive Care Syndrome are underway. Explore our site to learn more about PICS.

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Sep 17, 2017

Join us! PICS Support Group Meeting

By Annie, Mayo ICU Nurse Practitioner @andreab
Please join us for our next PICS Peer Support Group on September 18th, 2017 from 2:00pm-3:00pm. We will be meeting at The Pantry in Kutzky Market in Rochester, MN. This will be a time to come together, share stories, and witness recovery. Please see the Support Group tab on this site [...]
Join us! PICS Support Group Meeting
Aug 9, 2017

Join The Discussion! Online support for those affected by PICS

By Annie, Mayo ICU Nurse Practitioner @andreab
On Connect we would like to bring together people who have been affected by critical illness, and hopefully lighten the burden you bear. Patients and family members welcome. Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) - Let's Talk  
Join The Discussion! Online support for those affected by PICS
Jul 14, 2017

Improving access to rehabilitation services for ICU patients

By patrick @patrickjco
Historically, success in critical care medicine was gauged using patient survival rates, with significant focus placed on early identification and stabilization of the patient's primary diagnosis. Underlying this approach was a long-standing belief that patients could wait to receive physical and occupational therapy until recovery, usually after being discharged from [...]
Improving access to rehabilitation services for ICU patients
Jun 17, 2017

PICS in the News

By Annie, Mayo ICU Nurse Practitioner @andreab
For the past handful of years, a dedicated multidisciplinary group at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been working on attacking the many angles of Post Intensive Care Syndrome. Take a moment to watch this clip and learn not only about PICS, but also about what places likeVanderbilt are doing to improve the lives [...]
PICS in the News
Jun 6, 2017

ICU diaries - how do they help?

By Annie, Mayo ICU Nurse Practitioner @andreab
For many people their first experience with an Intensive Care Unit may be when they find themselves or a loved one critically ill or injured. It can be an intensely stressful and scary time. It is not uncommon for those who experience critical illness or injury to later develop sleep [...]
ICU diaries - how do they help?
Apr 1, 2017

Am I Alone in This?

By Annie, Mayo ICU Nurse Practitioner @andreab
One of the common themes heard over and over again from people who have experienced Post Intensive Care Syndrome is that they have wondered: Am I the only one who feels like this? The answer is simple - no. In fact, researchers in the BRAIN-ICU study found that 3 months post-ICU discharge, [...]
Am I Alone in This?
Mar 28, 2017

Discharge From the ICU

By Annie, Mayo ICU Nurse Practitioner @andreab
Recovery from critical illness is composed of many steps. One of the huge steps in that process is discharge from the intensive care unit (ICU). This transition can be both exciting and scary for patients and family members. The following video was developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine [...]
Discharge From the ICU
Jan 14, 2017

PICS is Personal

By Annie, Mayo ICU Nurse Practitioner @andreab
It was the end of October, 2014 when my Mom suffered a cardiac arrest from a heart attack. Her medical team expertly performed the necessary interventions to save her from the arrest, open her blocked artery, and ensure that she would have more time here with our family. Her stay [...]
PICS is Personal
Dec 22, 2016

Post ICU Syndrome on the TEDx Stage

By Annie, Mayo ICU Nurse Practitioner @andreab
  Artist Nancy Andrews shares her powerful experience as an ICU patient and explores her recovery and battle with PICS and PTSD in this TEDx talk.   https://youtu.be/l6FlpZGbfHA
Post ICU Syndrome on the TEDx Stage
Oct 14, 2016

PICS and the THRIVE initiative

By Annie, Mayo ICU Nurse Practitioner @andreab
Mayo Clinic is proud to be part of an international collaborative through the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) called THRIVE. This collaborative is focused on creating effective, face to face support groups for post-ICU patients and family members. Learn more about Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) and the THRIVE initiative [...]
PICS and the THRIVE initiative