ICU doctors, hospitals tackle postintensive care syndrome

03/26/2013 | Philadelphia Inquirer, The

Physicians and hospitals are finding ways to reduce the effects of a condition the SCCM has named postintensive care syndrome, which can plague patients with physical and mental health problems long after discharge. ICUs are taking steps to reduce delirium and hallucinations, by reducing the use of drugs that cause symptoms, allowing 24-hour visitation and darkening rooms to promote better sleep. Since ICU physicians often do not see patients once they leave the unit, they also are telling their primary care colleagues what symptoms to look for.

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