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Arch Hellen Med, 35(4), July-August 2018, 454-463


Post intensive care syndrome (PICS)

G. Sidiras, V. Gerovasili, I. Patsaki, V. Karaviti, C. Routsi, S. Nanas
First Department of Critical Care, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, "Evangelismos" General Hospital, Athens, Greece

Over the last 15 years there have been significant increases in intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and in the number of patients treated in the ICU. This has led to an increase in the number of patients surviving and being discharged from the ICU. Although many survivors of critical illness return to their prior ICU state regarding their cognition and functionality, many others present significant cognitive, functional and psychological disorders that persist for a long time after their hospital discharge and impair their quality of life. Both the patients and their family members are at risk of developing symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress (PTS), and associated sleeping disorders. The term "post-intensive care syndrome" (PICS) has been proposed to express the combination of cognitive, functional and psychological disorders arising after critical illness and concerning both the patients themselves and their families.

Key words: Intensive care unit, Myopathy, Post intensive care syndrome, Quality of life.

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