Long-term Cognitive Impairment in ICU Survivors

A review of the evidence

The lecture duration is 48min.

1 CPD Point, 1 CEU, 1 CME credit approval pending.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and Provider Pending.

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James Jackson
Assistant Director of The ICU Recovery Centre at Vanderbilt, USA
Lecture Summary

Post Intensive Care Syndrome, popularly known as PICS, is a condition that affects large numbers of intensive care unit (ICU) survivors. PICS is defined as a syndrome in which individuals experience new or worsening difficulties in cognitive, mental health, or physical functioning domains and, as a result, display difficulties in functioning. While always a concern, the likelihood of individuals developing PICS during the COVID-19 pandemic is very high and thus an issue that medical providers, patients, and families should pay close attention to. In this presentation, we will discuss wide-ranging aspects of PICS, with a focus on prevention and treatment strategies, both in the ICU and beyond.


This lecture was recorded 14th April 2020, so relevance to COVID-19 may have changed

Target Audience

Critical Care Doctors
Experienced or advanced Critical Care Nurses

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Describe the key components that constitute Post Intensive Care Syndrome
  • Identify key risk factors for the development of Post Intensive Care Syndrome
  • Articulate key approaches to the treatment of Post Intensive Care Syndrome
  • Highlight key facets of a Post Intensive Care Syndrome focused research agenda
  • Provide a detailed rationale for why Post Intensive Care Syndrome will likely be an issue of urgent concern for survivors of COVID-19