New collaborative care model for ICU patients improves recovery

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The Critical Care Recovery Center has been identified by the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University schools of medicine and nursing as a new collaborative care model that is effective in reducing the likelihood of serious illness after a patient is discharged from the ICU, such as post-intensive care syndrome, according to a recent study.

The collaborative care model is the first to focus specifically on the cognitive, physical and psychological recovery needs of ICU patients after discharge.

"The concept for the CCRC arose from the needs of young adult ICU patients who we saw leaving the hospital with functional impairments as well as a spectrum of disorders — memory, attention, depression, mood and anxiety — typically not seen in other patients of similar age," lead author Babar Khan, MD, said in a statement.

In the model, after patients are discharged from the ICU, they go to the Critical Care Recovery Center where the patient and family caretakers will work closely with an interdisciplinary care team, according to the statement. The care center aims to help address post-intensive care syndrome and its physical, psychological, and cognitive effects on post-discharge ICU patients.


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