Post-Intensive Care Syndrome - What It Is and How to Help Prevent It
Upon completion, nurses will be able to identify the prevalence and effects of Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS), describe how to avoid or lessen severity of PICS cases, and know how to ensure a more effective transition of the patient from the ICU to the hospital.
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 health care providers who care for critically ill patients during and after their hospital stay of the potential consequences of ICU admission. This course provides nurses with information on how to improve patient outcomes for patients experiencing PICS. Upon completion, nurses will be able to identify the prevalence and effects of PICS, describe how to avoid or lessen severity of PICS cases, and know how to ensure a more effective transition of the patient from the ICU to the hospital.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Identify the prevalence and effects of PICS on patients and their families.
- Describe how to mitigate PICS in the ICU.
- Discuss how to ensure a more effective patient transition from the ICU to the hospital.
Judy E. Davidson, DNP, RN
Davidson is director of Research Integration and Management at Scripps Health Davidson in La Jolla, CA.
Maurene A. Harvey, MPH, RN
Harvey is a critical care educator and consultant in Glenbrook, NV.
Jessica Schuller, BSN, RN
Schuller is a staff nurse at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, CA.
Gary Black, Med, BFA
Black is a sepsis-awareness advocate and speaker, and author of the book "Gyroscope: A Survival of Sepsis." He lives in Raleigh, NC.