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.
Mayo Clinic is privileged to be a part of the THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative through the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). This collaborative is a worldwide partnership between survivors, clinicians, hospitals and SCCM to learn how to create stable, useful in-person support groups.
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The emotional aftermath of critical illness/injury is something that often catches people by surprise but can have a significant impact on daily life. People who have been critically ill/injured often describe difficulty with anxiety, depression, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder such as nightmares, flashbacks, and insomnia. [...]
As many have found, sharing personal experiences with critical illness/injury can be powerful and healing. Now there is an opportunity to help even more. The Thrive Peer Support Collaborative through the Society of Critical Care Medicine has connected Mayo Clinic with a vast network of international sites and experts who are dedicated to [...]
Short term memory loss. Word finding difficulty. Trouble concentrating. Difficulty with work or school. These are some of the symptoms that patients with Post Intensive Care Syndrome describe having following critical illness/injury. These symptoms can vary on the spectrum of severity, but for those who suffer from the cognitive effects [...]
Following critical illness, it is not uncommon for one to experience new or worsened physical limitations or difficulties. This can be due to the critical illness/injury itself, prolonged time spent in bed with limited physical activity, or preexisting physical challenges that worsen following hospitalization. Of all of the aspects [...]