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.
Everyone experiences critical illness in their own unique way. There are no two courses of illness or trajectories of recovery that will be the same. Issues like vivid dreams/nightmares, delirium, hallucinations, physical pain/weakness, brain "fog", difficulty with word finding and memory, social isolation, and stress on relationships may be [...]
For patients and loved ones who have experienced critical illness, it is no secret how frightening the ICU can be. Often times people find themselves in an environment in which they have never been before, surrounded by people they have never met, and facing circumstances they couldn't have imagined. [...]
Millions of people experience critical illness on an annual basis in the United States. And the more we learn about recovery from critical illness, the more we realize that a significant number of people who become critically ill experience new or worsening difficulties in physical, mental, or emotional health in [...]
This month marks one year since we started breaking down the many aspects that encompass Post Intensive Care Syndrome. As a brief recap here are the highlights that we have shared during this series. Click on the links within this recap to visit each blog for a more in depth [...]
We just wanted to take a moment to wish a very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! If critical illness has affected you, we wish you health and healing in this New Year.
We will pick up and round out our Breaking It Down series [...]