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Am J Crit Care ; 31(4): 324-328, 2022 Jul 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1924393


Intensive care unit follow-up clinics are becoming an increasingly widespread intervention to facilitate the physical, cognitive, psychiatric, and social rehabilitation of survivors of critical illness who have post-intensive care syndrome. Developing and sustaining intensive care unit follow-up clinics can pose significant challenges, and clinics need to be tailored to the physical, personnel, and financial resources available at a given institution. Although no standard recipe guarantees a successful intensive care unit aftercare program, emerging clinics will need to address a common set of hurdles, including securing an adequate space; assembling an invested, multidisciplinary staff; procuring the necessary financial, information technology, and physical stuff; using the proper screening tools to identify patients most likely to benefit and to accurately identify disabilities during the visit; and selling it to colleagues, hospital administrators, and the community at large.

Critical Illness , Intensive Care Units , Aftercare , Critical Care/psychology , Critical Illness/psychology , Follow-Up Studies , Humans , Survivors/psychology
Respir Care ; 66(12): 1885-1891, 2021 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1551714


Post-intensive care syndrome is an increasingly recognized complication of critical illness, with patients reporting new problems in physical, mental health and/or psychosocial, and cognitive function for months to years after their acute illness. As a way of diagnosing and treating post-intensive care syndrome, many centers around the world have established ICU recovery clinics, which take a multidisciplinary approach to care after the ICU. Dyspnea and pulmonary dysfunction are frequently encountered concerns in the post-ICU population. Despite this, few ICU recovery clinics have described how respiratory therapists (RTs) can contribute to treating these symptoms. We reviewed the literature with regard to the roles of an RT in post-ICU follow-up, described our institutional experiences with having RTs as part of our ICU recovery clinics, and identified additional ways that RTs might contribute to a post-intensive care syndrome diagnosis and treatment. Although RTs can provide invaluable experience and contributions to an ICU recovery clinic, there are few articles in the published literature on the ways in which this can be accomplished. We, therefore, provide analogies to other multidisciplinary clinic models as well as our own experiences. Future studies should focus on examining the impact of respiratory therapy diagnostic testing and interventions in the ICU recovery clinic on both patient and provider outcomes.

Critical Care , Intensive Care Units , Critical Illness , Humans , Mental Health