MyICU is an ongoing project blending the science behind post intensive care syndrome with the practical implications of PICS for former ICU patients and their families.
Our recent research shows that the financial implications of PICS far outweigh the medical consequences. Of course, for most former ICU patients, financial reality interferes with proper medical care.
We all know that, except for very few, most of us live week to week, struggling to keep up with the cost of living. PICS is a monkey wrench thrown into the lives of millions of people every year.
It is fair to opine that no one expects or plans to have PICS. That opinion isn't just because most people are unaware of PICS. It is because, if we take a practical, long look at PICS, we cannot help but conclude that money is the biggest impediment to receiving proper post-ICU care.