Perspective - Journal of Intensive and Critical Care Nursing (2022) Volume 5, Issue 2
Post-intensive care syndrome: Multidimensional impairments in physical, psychological cognitive and social status arising from critical illness.
Current medical advances and technical improvements in intensive care medicine have improved the care of critically ill patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and enhanced their chances of survival. PICS stands for "new or worsening impairments in physical, cognitive, or mental health status occurring after critical illness and extending beyond acute care hospitalisation," according to a phrase coined over ten years ago. PICS affect a large majority of critically sick individuals over an extended length of time, with physical issues being the most common. PICS's actual prevalence is unknown, but numerous risk factors have been clearly reported. Survivors of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) appear to be at an increased risk of acquiring PICS.Author(s): Claire Taylor