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AACN Adv Crit Care. 2016 Apr-Jun;27(2):204-11. doi: 10.4037/aacnacc2016611.

A Clinic Model: Post-Intensive Care Syndrome and Post-Intensive Care Syndrome-Family.

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Elizabeth L. Huggins and Sarah L. Bloom are Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), 1161 21st Ave S, Suite AA-1214, Nashville, TN 37232-2102 (, Joanna L. Stollings is Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and Pharmacist in the ICU Recovery Center, Dept of Pharmaceutical Services, VUMC. Mildred Camp was a patient in the MICU at VUMC. Carla M. Sevin is Assistant Professor, Director of the ICU Recovery Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care, VUMC. James C. Jackson is Neuropsychologist and Assistant Director of the ICU Recovery Center, Center for Health Services Research, Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, VUMC, and Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, Tennessee.


The number of patients surviving critical illness in the United States has increased with advancements in medicine. Post-intensive care syndrome and post-intensive care syndrome-family are terms developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine in order to address the cognitive, psychological, and physical sequelae emerging in patients and their families after discharge from the intensive care unit. In the United Kingdom and Europe, intensive care unit follow-up clinics have been used to address the complications of post-intensive care syndrome for some time. However, the interprofessional clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is among the first in the United States to address the wide variety of problems experienced by intensive care survivors and to provide patients and their families with care after discharge from the intensive care unit.

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