Intensive care unit follow-up clinics are becoming an increasingly widespread intervention to facilitate the physical, cognitive, psychiatric, and social rehabilitation of survivors of critical illness who have post–intensive care syndrome. Developing and sustaining intensive care unit follow-up clinics can pose significant challenges, and clinics need to be tailored to the physical, personnel, and financial resources available at a given institution. Although no standard recipe guarantees a successful intensive care unit aftercare program, emerging clinics will need to address a common set of hurdles, including securing an adequate space; assembling an invested, multidisciplinary staff; procuring the necessary financial, information technology, and physical stuff; using the proper screening tools to identify patients most likely to benefit and to accurately identify disabilities during the visit; and selling it to colleagues, hospital administrators, and the community at large.
Meeting the Challenges of Establishing Intensive Care Unit Follow-up Clinics
Brad W. Butcher, Tammy L. Eaton, Ashley A. Montgomery-Yates, Carla M. Sevin; Meeting the Challenges of Establishing Intensive Care Unit Follow-up Clinics. Am J Crit Care 1 July 2022; 31 (4): 324–328. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2022987
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