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Post-ICU Transitional Care

Texas Pulmonary Institute -  - Pulmonary Medicine

Texas Pulmonary Institute

Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine located in Port Arthur, TX

To help make your transition from the intensive care unit (ICU) to your home smoother and safer, the team at Texas Pulmonary Institute offers comprehensive post-ICU transitional care services at the office in Port Arthur, Texas. Roozbeh Sharif, MD, and the medical team focus on strengthening your recovery from a critical illness and reducing your risk factors for complications like post-intensive care syndrome. If you need aftercare following a stay in the ICU, call Texas Pulmonary Institute today or book an appointment online.


Post-ICU Transitional Care Q&A

What is post-ICU transitional care?

Post-ICU transitional care describes services that help ease your transition from the intensive care unit at the hospital to your home or other facility.

People who receive treatment in the ICU for critical illnesses including COVID-19 are at special risk for developing complications following their discharge. They need comprehensive, compassionate care to help them recover fully and prevent physical, mental, and emotional issues, including post-intensive care syndrome, that can last for years.

The team at Texas Pulmonary Institute works closely with you through their post-ICU transitional care services following your discharge from the ICU. They provide resources that meet your health needs and also help you meet the challenges you face during your recovery.

Who needs post-ICU transitional care?

Anyone who recovers from a critical illness that requires treatment in intensive care are at risk for developing post-intensive care syndrome. 

The condition can result from a combination of factors including the medical condition you have, the use of life-sustaining equipment, and the need for strong medications to sedate and control pain.

Symptoms of this condition can begin soon after you get sick and continue after your discharge. These symptoms might include:

  • Weakness
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Memory issues
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

The team at Texas Pulmonary Institute creates a treatment plan for your post-ICU recovery based on your needs to reduce your risks for post-intensive care syndrome and other complications.

What’s involved in post-ICU transitional care?

As part of your post-ICU transitional care, the team at Texas Pulmonary Institute evaluates your physical, cognitive, and emotional needs during a medical exam.

The team also screens for sleep-related disorders and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. They review all the medications you’re taking and any special medical equipment you need to use during your recovery.

You can expect to visit the office for regular checkups. During your checkups, you might need pulmonary function tests, bloodwork, and other screenings to identify potential complications and determine if you need additional treatment.

To learn more about the benefits of post-ICU transitional care, schedule a consultation online or by calling Texas Pulmonary Institute today.