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Survivors of critical illness encounter a variety of challenges, even after the acute illness has resolved. Observational studies have documented physical, cognitive,1 and mental2 impairments affecting survivors after a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). As these data have accumulated, clinicians have sought to better understand what is now called “post-ICU syndrome”3 and to develop interventions both during and after the ICU stay to attenuate the effects.
Goddard SL, Adhikari NKJ. The Challenging Task of Improving the Recovery of ICU Survivors. JAMA. 2016;315(24):2671-2672. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7211