The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has announced publication of a collection of articles on how to address post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) both for the patient and for the family.
The resource, “Symposium: Patient and Family Post–Intensive Care Syndrome” is published in AACN Advanced Critical Care, April-June 2016 edition.
Judy Davidson, RN, DNP, an evidence-based practice and research nurse liaison at University of California San Diego Health, with educational consultant Maurene Harvey, MPH, served as symposium editors and wrote an introduction.
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“The science supporting these strategies is young, but in the absence of strong evidence, we have a duty to take action in the best interest of the health of our patients and our community,” Davidson said in a press release from the AACN. “We hope that the guidance offered in these articles will provide a compelling impetus for change.”
The symposium comprises 4 articles:
- Implementing a mobility program to minimize post-intensive care syndrome
- A clinic model: post-intensive care syndrome and post-intensive care syndrome-family
- Developing a diary program to minimize patient and family post-intensive care syndrome
- Peer support as a novel strategy to mitigate post-intensive care syndrome
Lead author Mark Mikkelsen, MD, MSCE, assistant professor, department of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia said: “Peer support groups can do more than help individual survivors. They position the survivors themselves as experts key to finding solutions.”
Two regular columns in the journal also address post-intensive care syndrome. Judy E Davidson and Karen Stutzer write about the ethics of post-intensive care syndrome and Joanna L. Stollings and colleagues write on medication management to ameliorate post-intensive care syndrome.
Source: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
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