Patients often experience physical disability, neurocognitive and/or psychological impairment after surviving ICU. The burden arising from critical illness on patients, their families and health services may be substantial.
Follow-up of these patients is important and ICU clinics have been introduced for this purpose
Understanding the outcomes for patients who survive after critical illness is important for patients and their family, the practitioners caring for these patients and health service providers who plan and provide essential heath care services.
Until recently an ICU stay was deemed a success if patients survived until discharge from the ICU. As critical care has evolved, it has become evident that understanding long-term survival, morbidity and quality of life after critical illness is as important as short-term survival.
To this end Bendigo health has introduced an ICU follow-up clinic. If you or your relative would like an appointment in outpatients after you/they have recovered please contact us.