NICE improves rehabilitation for people after critical illness UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Rehabilitation | Tags: , |

2009/025 NICE improves rehabilitation for people after critical illness UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

NICE guidance published today (25 March 2009) sets out to improve the quality of care patients receive during their recovery and rehabilitation after critical illness
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Approximately 110,000 [1] people spend time in critical care units in England and Wales each year, the majority survive to be discharged home. For many patients recovery after critical illness is relatively straightforward but for others, discharge from critical care is the start of an uncertain journey to recovery characterised by problems such as, weakness, loss of energy and physical difficulties, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress (PTS) phenomena and, for some, a loss of mental faculty. Family members become informal caregivers, and this itself can exert an additional toll of ill-health and a strain on family relationships and financial security.

This guideline outlines the assessments and care patients should receive in hospital following a critical illness and the rehabilitation goals that will help patients recover to take part in usual daily activities as much and as rapidly as possible following discharge.

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