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Commentary on: Wawer, E. Viprey, M. Floccard, B. Saoud, et al. (2020) Early detection of patients at risk of developing a post-traumatic disorder after an ICU stay. Critical Care Medicine 487(11):1572–9.
Implications for practice and research
Assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the immediate post-intensive care unit discharge period may help identify those at risk of developing psychological sequelae.
More research is needed into the prevention and identification of PTSD in this population, alongside evaluation of potential interventions.
The long-term consequences of a critical care admission are well established in the literature.1 A common psychological sequelae is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a process triggered by a significant trauma or event in a person’s life, such as critical illness. The documented prevalence of PTSD in critical care survivors varies widely; however, as many …
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