Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS): What Can ICU Nurses Do

Author(s): Brenda Pun

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: COVID-19, Delirium

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This session provides a foundational review of post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), including the physical, cognitive and mental health components and includes a compare and contrast with Long-Covid. Specific nurse-driven strategies for PICS is outlined through a case study. These include ICU based strategies (e.g., education projects, early mobility, and delirium reduction) and post-discharge strategies (e.g., post-ICU clinics and support groups).


  • Define the characteristics of post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).
  • Identify at lease two strategies that critical care nurses can do for preventing PICS.
  • Describe at least one nurse-driven strategy that critical care nurses can implement in the post-ICU period to minimize PICS.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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