Recovery after critical illness: putting the puzzle together-a consensus of 29

Crit Care. 2017 Dec 5;21(1):296. doi: 10.1186/s13054-017-1887-7.


In this review, we seek to highlight how critical illness and critical care affect longer-term outcomes, to underline the contribution of ICU delirium to cognitive dysfunction several months after ICU discharge, to give new insights into ICU acquired weakness, to emphasize the importance of value-based healthcare, and to delineate the elements of family-centered care. This consensus of 29 also provides a perspective and a research agenda about post-ICU recovery.

Keywords: Cognitive dysfunction; Delirium; Depression; Intensive care; Mechanical ventilation; Muscular disorder; Sedation; Traumatic stress; Weakness.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Consensus
  • Critical Illness / psychology*
  • Critical Illness / rehabilitation*
  • Deep Sedation / adverse effects
  • Deep Sedation / methods
  • Delirium / epidemiology
  • Delirium / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / organization & administration
  • Length of Stay
  • Long Term Adverse Effects / etiology*
  • Pain Management / adverse effects
  • Pain Management / methods
  • Respiration, Artificial / adverse effects
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods
  • Time Factors