Neurologic and Functional Morbidity in the PICU

Post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) is the developoment of new or worsening psychological, neurologic, and/or functional morbidities arising after critical illness. Primarily researched in adults, an increasing body of literature describes these deficits in children. Shein et al (Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017;18:1106-1113) sought to characterize the acute and more long-term neurofunctional outcomes of a specific population of critically ill children—those younger than 2 years old with acute bronchiolitis.

Their study findings determined that, in two large, multicenter databases, neurologic and functional morbidity were common among previously healthy children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) with bronchiolitis.

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