Location

Schewel 215

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Event Website

https://digitalshowcase.lynchburg.edu/studentshowcase/

Start Date

April 2022

Department

Nursing

Abstract

COVID-19 has impacts on patient health beyond the hospital. The trauma that patients, and families of patients, can experience during an admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) can last long after discharge from the ICU and the hospital in general. The psychological and physical impacts of ICU hospitalization can cause patients to experience Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS). PICS is the culmination of symptoms that persist after a critical illness that involve all aspects of a patient’s physical and mental well-being and can significantly affect family life and increase recovery time. Due to the strict personal-protective equipment (PPE) usage in COVID-19 ICUs and the lack of therapeutic touch and communication that patients on isolation precautions experience, the presence of PICS within this patient population is greater than what is considered to be standard. With proper education and the implementation of different techniques to help patients feel more in control of their condition, the presence of PICS in COVID-19 ICU patients can be reduced.

Keywords: COVID-19, Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Isolation, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Communication, Therapeutic Touch, Visitation, Patient Outcomes, Quality of Life, Readmission

Faculty Mentor(s)

Chair- Prof. Amanda Pribble MSN, RN, FNP-C Dr. Susan Braud DNP, RN, CCRN Jamie Smith M.Ed, Hornet Wellness Coordinator

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Apr 6th, 3:00 PM

Post-Intensive Care Syndrome Prevention and Detection in COVID-19 Patients

Schewel 215

COVID-19 has impacts on patient health beyond the hospital. The trauma that patients, and families of patients, can experience during an admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) can last long after discharge from the ICU and the hospital in general. The psychological and physical impacts of ICU hospitalization can cause patients to experience Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS). PICS is the culmination of symptoms that persist after a critical illness that involve all aspects of a patient’s physical and mental well-being and can significantly affect family life and increase recovery time. Due to the strict personal-protective equipment (PPE) usage in COVID-19 ICUs and the lack of therapeutic touch and communication that patients on isolation precautions experience, the presence of PICS within this patient population is greater than what is considered to be standard. With proper education and the implementation of different techniques to help patients feel more in control of their condition, the presence of PICS in COVID-19 ICU patients can be reduced.

Keywords: COVID-19, Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Isolation, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Communication, Therapeutic Touch, Visitation, Patient Outcomes, Quality of Life, Readmission

https://digitalshowcase.lynchburg.edu/studentshowcase/2022/presentations/41