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ICU Management

Psychological Consequences of ICU Admission

2019 08 Aug

Consequences of psychological distress in the ICU needs to be addressed, due to the frequent occurrence of anxiety, delirium, acute PTSD and depression in both patients and family members. By addressing these key issues healthcare costs and usage could be reduced.   Previously, it was thought that stress could be reduced through a paternalistic... Read more

ICU Management

ICU Diaries Not Useful in Preventing PTSD Symptoms

2019 23 Jul

Results of a randomised clinical trial in France indicate that the use of ICU diaries was not helpful in preventing post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD) after ICU hospitalisation. In this multicentre study, investigators compared the use of patients' ICU diaries – filled out by clinicians and family members during the ICU stay – with usual... Read more

ICU Management

Cocoon bed aims to lower ICU delirium

2019 30 May

The intensive care unit environment can be extremely stressful, even if they provide some of the best care in the world. It is believed that a patient in the ICU has their sleep interrupted approximately every three minutes either through noise, lights, or medical intervention. Up to 80% of patients in the ICU suffer from some form of delirium, and... Read more

ICU Management

PTSD Phenomena After Critical Illness

2017 02 May

Experiencing critical illness and intensive care can be extremely stressful. Roughly 1 in 5 critical illness survivors have clinically significant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in the year after intensive care, according to an article in press in the journal Critical Care Clinics. With advances in critical care medicine, more patients... Read more

IMAGING Management

DTI Reveals Brain Network Disruption in Children with PTSD

2016 25 Oct

A study appearing in the journal Radiology has revealed that children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience disruptions in the structure of the neural networks in their brains. The findings could help in the development of treatments for PTSD in children.   PTSD is a serious mental health problem to the effects of which children... Read more

IMAGING Management

MRI-Type Imaging Predicts Impact From Combat Brain Injury

2016 04 Apr

Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a type of MRI, may be able to predict functional post-deployment outcomes for veterans who sustained mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), or concussion, during combat, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology . Recently, there has been a dramatic rise in the incidence of combat-related... Read more

ICU Management

Risk of PTSD after ICU

2016 15 Jan

According to a new, multicentre study, 1 in 10 patients is at risk of having new post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to their ICU experience up to a year post-discharge. The research, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, is the first to investigate ICU-related PTSD in a mixed veteran and civilian cohort.... Read more

IMAGING Management

Study Pinpoints PTSD and Trauma Injury Differences

2015 28 May

A brain imaging study has enabled researchers to identify the biological differences between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Using single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) that looks directly at cerebral blood flow and indirectly at brain activity, the researchers were able to correctly differentiate... Read more

ICU Management

PTSD Common in ICU Survivors

2015 22 Apr

Post-traumatic stress disorder — often thought of as a symptom of warfare, major catastrophes and assault — can also affect patients who survive a critical illness and stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). A Johns Hopkins study has found that nearly one-quarter of ICU survivors suffer from PTSD. Researchers also identified possible causes of PTSD and... Read more

Cardiology Management

PTSD Patients at Increased Risk for Cardiac Ischemia

2013 03 Dec

Concern is growing over the potential of long-term untreated posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms increasing the risk for medical problems, in particular compromised cardiovascular health. According to the World Health Organization, heart disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella... Read more