Long-term Cognitive Impairment in ICU Survivors

A review of the evidence

The lecture duration is 48min.

1 CPD Point, 1 CEU, 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and EB Medicine.

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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

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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Earning Credit

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