After surviving a critical illness, many patients and families experience lingering effects. New or worsening impairments in physical function, cognition, and psychological health may persist for months or years. These impairments, collectively known as the post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), are only beginning to be understood. At Vanderbilt, we seek to understand how PICS affects recovery from critical illness, and how these effects impact patients, families, health care, and larger systems.
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