AFTER THE ICU
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.