• Kylie Siu

Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) - Uncovered

An alarming number of patients can be trapped in a cycle of hospital re-admission, depression and dysfunction, never completely returning to functional baseline after a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU).


What happens after you or your loved ones survive a bout of critical illness?


What is PICS?


Post-Intensive Care Syndrome, or PICS is common amongst people discharged from the Intensive Care Unit, and can persist for months or even years.


If you or your loved ones have any symptoms of PICS after hospitalization, discuss them with your doctor and have them refer you to a physiotherapist. Early diagnosis and rehabilitation can help all parties involved.


PICS has been an even more common occurrence post-COVID.

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🌎We saw how our global healthcare system scrambled to address the crisis as the threat of COVID-19 progressed. Managing respiratory failure, rationing PPE, meeting the increased demand for essential medication and ventilators.


❓As the situation progressed, we were met with a challenge that extended beyond the hospital. What of the patients after they were discharged from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)?


🗂Through these experiences, we have come to develop an understanding of the factors affecting the extent of an individual's PICS.


🧑🏻‍⚕️The role of your physiotherapist is to give you the support you need through guidance and education for you and your loved ones. This is our top priority through the rehabilitation process.


🔍Recognize when you or your loved ones need to receive care they need.




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