Category Archives: After-care

Let’s talk about Post Intensive Care Unit Syndrome – Hannah Wunsch (presented 4th October)

In this presentation, Dr Wuncsh highlights some important key points:-

There are some significant negative consequences for our patients after discharge from the ICU.  Not only is QOL decreased for at least two years after hospital discharge, but patients can also suffer psychological and physical consequences such as anxiety and mood disorders, extreme fatigue, sleep disturbance, weakness, foot drip and more.

Some general tips for improving the patient experience and decreasing the impact of PICS include:-

  • Minimising sedation
  • Tailoring the environment to reduce noise and night disturbance
  • Early physical and cognitive therapy
  • Screening for psychiatric disease
  • ICU diaries

By

Dr Melissa Bloomer