Psychiatric Problems in Patients Who Survive Critical Illnesses (Part 2)

December 21, 2012
Joseph O. Bienvenu, MD, PhD

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Dale M. Needham, MD, PhD

The psychiatric aftermath of critical illness can involve emerging from the ICU with horrifying memories (of being tortured, raped, assaulted, or imprisoned).

The psychiatric aftermath of critical illness often involves emerging from the ICU with horrifying memories (of being tortured, raped, assaulted, or imprisoned). Not only are the patients debilitated by the physical illness, they are traumatized by the false memories resulting from delirium.

In Part 2 of this 2-part video, Dr Joe Bienvenu, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Dr Dale Needham, Associate Professor of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine and Physical Medicine Rehabilition, discuss the effects of critical illness and the need for collaborative interventions in the ICU that will improve long-term patient outcomes. (For Part 1, please click here),