Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: What It Is and How to Help Prevent It

J. Davidson, DNP, RN; M. Harvey, MPH, RN; J. Schuller, BSN, RN; and G. Black, MEd, BFA

 

Overview:

The past decade has seen a tremendous increase in our understanding of the long-term effects of critical illness on patients and their families. ICU stays can cause physical and cognitive problems for years after discharge. As knowledge of post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) continues to expand, the challenge is to inform healthcare providers who care for critically ill patients during and after their hospital stay of the potential consequences of ICU admission. This module provides nurses information on how to improve patient outcomes for patients experiencing PICS.

Purpose/Goal: The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to gain information they need to better manage patients with post-intensive care syndrome.


Objectives:

1. Identify the prevalence and effects of post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) on patients and their families.
2. Describe how to mitigate PICS in the ICU.
3. Discuss how to ensure a more effective patient transition from the ICU and the hospital.


Author:

Judy E. Davidson is director of Research Integration and Management at Scripps Health Davidson in La Jolla, California. Maurene A. Harvey is a critical care educator and consultant in Glenbrook, Nevada. Jessica Schuller is a staff nurse at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California. Gary Black is a sepsis-awareness advocate and speaker, and author of the book Gyroscope: A Survival of Sepsis. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The planners of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this CNE. Judy E. Davidson has disclosed she is a speaker for the France Foundation and has spoken for Hospira, Inc. The other authors of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity. Gary Black is the author of Gyroscope: A Survival of Sepsis. The other authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Peer review of the article was conducted and no bias was found.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Expiration Date: 12/31/2015

Pharmacology Hours: 0

 

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