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Although critical care nurses are doing more than ever to ensure optimal outcomes for patients, sometimes patients are discharged with additional problems. Post-intensive care syndrome, or PICS, is a frequent consequence of time spent in ICUs.
Formally defined about four years ago, PICS can present new or worsening physical, cognitive or mental health issues after critical illness ― including depression, cognitive decline and prolonged muscle weakness — that persist beyond hospitalization. At least a third of ICU patients experience PICS, and the risk rises to 50 percent if the patient has had sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome or delirium.
In this webinar, advanced practice nurse Brenda Pun will discuss the defining criteria and impact of PICS, helping participants understand how to decrease patient risk while in the ICU and mitigate the effects after discharge.
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
An advanced practice nurse with a special interest in critical care, Brenda Pun conducts and participates in patient-oriented health services research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville. As a program clinical manager in the Vanderbilt Coordinating Center, she is involved in studies, grant writing, data collection, analysis of data and communication of results, with an emphasis on delirium and sedation in the critically ill.
Pun holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She is a highly regarded nursing and medical educator, teaching at local, regional and national conferences and providing research consultation to hospitals and organizations throughout the U.S.
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Learners must view the entire webinar and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded 0.5 hours CNE (Synergy Category A).
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