Although we have enough and cumulative information about acute effects of COVID-19, our knowledge is extremely limited about long-term consequences of COVID-19, in terms of its impacts and burdens on patients, families, and the health system. Considering the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms affecting all of the organ systems in critically ill COVID-19 patients who are admitted to intensive care units, the development of post-intensive care syndrome is inevitable. This situation brings along the development of long-COVID. These patients should be followed regarding cognitive, physical, and psychiatric aspects and necessary specialist referrals should be carried out. In this article, we are presenting the experience and recommendations of our center, as a guide for the establishment process of post-intensive care outpatient clinics for the critically ill patients who required intensive care admission due to COVID-19 and could be discharged.
SARS-CoV-2, long COVID, pandemic, acute respiratory distress syndrome, postintensive care syndrome, outcome
HALAÇLI, BURÇİN and İSKİT, ARZU TOPELİ
"Implementation of post-intensive care outpatient clinic (I-POINT) for critically illCOVID-19 survivors,"
Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences: Vol. 51:
7, Article 22.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/medical/vol51/iss7/22