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ANCHOR LEAD:   SURVIVORS OF INTENSIVE CARE UNIT STAYS MAY EXPERIENCE A RANGE OF PROBLEMS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Muscle weakness and trouble walking are known to be common in people who’ve been deeply sedated during a stay in the intensive care unit.  Dale Needham, an ICU physician at Johns Hopkins, says there care be a range of problems following such a stay, known as sequelae.

NEEDHAM:  In the intensive care unit when people come through that experience there’s many problems they have during their recovery.  Not just muscle weakness, but patients have depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, problems with cognitive impairment, thinking.  Interestingly, deep sedation in the intensive care unit may be associated with many of these sequelae I just described.  There’s some evidence that deep sedation may make post traumatic stress disorder worse in people who survive an ICU stay.                                 :31

Needham says alternative approaches to deep sedation should be implemented to minimize such long term problems.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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