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Clin Intensive Care. 1995;6(2):57-61.

Subjective psychological status of severely ill patients discharged from mechanical ventilation.

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Medical Intensive Care Unit, Cochin-Port Royal University Hospital, Paris, France.



To evaluate psychological status in consecutive survivors of ICU who needed mechanical ventilation (MV).


Prospective study.


Twenty-four bed intensive care unit.


Fifty-four mechanically ventilated patients were considered for the study; 43 patients were included, but 11 refused or were unable to fill in the form.


A 32-question form was filled out by the patients 48-96 hours after weaning from mechanical ventilation.


The mean characteristics of the patients were: age 51.6 years, simplified acute physiologic score (SAPS) 14, organ system failure (OSF) 1.57, OMEGA score 277, length of stay 29 days, length of mechanical ventilation 14 days. Thirty-three required sedation, 30 analgesia, 20 paralysis. The results were as follows: Pain: 13 suffered intolerable pain with a mean intensity of pain during care of 3.5/10. Comfort: 25 felt an inability to communicate, 18 were bothered by noise and 15 by light, while nine feared to be abandoned by staff. Sleep disorders: 28 remember dreaming with a personal judgement about these dreams (0 = pleasant, 10 = nightmare) of 7.6/10; 17 noticed increasing sleep disorders during their stay. Anxiety: 22 felt diffuse anxiety disorder and 16 described intense fear of dying at least once. Mood: 38 felt physical depression and 18 intellectual depression. Delirium or confusion: 33 had delirium or a confused state at the time of weaning and nine suffered hallucinations. Nine correctly appreciated their length of stay and 18 knew the date when they were interviewed.


These results showed that psychological status is poor in ventilated ICU patients, which should be considered in their care.

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