There is a connection between ICU delirium and long-lasting memory and thinking problems, muscle weakness, and anxiety. Some hospitals may offer ICU follow-up care and rehabilitation for problems related to ICU and delirium. It is very important to speak to your care provider to rule out a medical cause for these problems.
Managing problems related to ICU delirium is different for everyone. It may involve exercises to improve thinking and memory, therapy to improve sleep, or intense therapy that is more like rehabilitation for a brain injury. Using rehabilitation and other ways to manage ICU delirium is very new, and we are still learning how to best treat it.
It may take weeks or months to fully recover from both the physical and mental problems related to ICU delirium. For some, these problems can last the rest of their lives. This can lead to needing full-time care from a family member, having to live in a care facility, or even dying sooner.
Here are some tips to help with your recovery:
Current as of: March 25, 2021
Author: Critical Care SCN, Alberta Health Services
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