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Many survivors of severe COVID-19 will experience post–intensive care syndrome (PICS). This has the potential to be the next significant public health crisis when patients are discharged from the hospital. This brief commentary reviews PICS as a clinical syndrome and what we know about ICU survivors after COVID-19, their potential needs after discharge, their risk of readmission, and their needs for rehabilitation services.
The authors recommend that planning for this large burden of COVID-19 survivors with PICS should begin immediately. They recommend an integrated approach engaging rehabilitation colleagues earlier in the disease course and potentially shifting their role closer to the front lines of the pandemic and planning for needs of patients in under-resourced areas.
– Kolene Bailey, MD
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
One thing that didn't make [it] to the spotlight in this COVID-19 pandemic is a question that what happens to the COVID-19 patients after they are discharged from the critical care? A common assumption around the world is that once a patient is discharged from the hospital and is tested negative the problem is resolved. This may be based on a relative lack of information and knowledge, even among the health care professionals, regarding a condition described as Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS).