Legacy of post-traumatic stress follows stint in ICU

US researchers conducted a prospective, longitudinal cohort study on 186 patients after discharge from ICU, with follow-up at three, six, 12 and 24 months. 

More than a third of patients reported being treated for PTSD with psychiatric medication, with most reporting the disorder at the three-month mark. Half of these survivors still had PTSD symptoms at the two-year follow-up.

The high burden of suffering suggested clinicians should assess the mental health of acute lung injury survivors and treat or refer if