Using the questionnaire, they were asked how they performed one year after the ICU. Worldwide, this is the first scientific study to link long-term problems among COVID-19 ICU survivors. The patients in this study were admitted to the ICU during the first COVID-19 surge from March to July 2020.
Most patients experience health problems one year after the ICU
These are mainly physical problems, whereby half of the patients feel fatigued. Other physical problems such as weakness, pain, muscle weakness and shortness of breath. In addition, psychiatric symptoms are common; One in five COVID-19 ICU survivors experience feelings of anxiety or stress after a trauma. Furthermore, one in six people have cognitive problems such as problems with memory or attention.
These various problems negatively affect the daily lives of former ICU patients. More than half of them said they had work-related problems because of health problems: they reduced working hours; they are still on sick leave or have even given up their jobs.
Principal Investigator Marieke Zegers of Radboud University Medical Center: “This study shows the startling impact of ICU admissions on the lives of former COVID-19 patients. Even after one year , half of them are tired or lack energy to complete continue their work”.
MONITOR-IC: large-scale study of the health status of ICU survivors
The results were part of the MONITOR-IC . study[ZM1] , a large-scale multicenter study conducted at Bernhoven Hospital (Uden), Jeroen Bosch Hospital (Den Bosch), Amphia (Breda), Rijnstate (Arnhem), Maasziekenhuis (Boxmeer), Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital and Radboudumc hospital (both Nijmegen). The COVID-19 substudy also included patients from the hospitals Maastricht UMC +, Elkerliek (Helmond), Zuyderland (Heerlen) amd UMC Utrecht.