Persistent Critical Illness traps patients in ICU

Over at Michigan Radio, I wrote about a new category of illness affecting 5% of patients in the ICU, that consumes 33% of ICU resources. This was, unfortunately, pretty much exactly how my mother spent her final two months of life. I did feel something was badly off the rails when she was taken up to the ICU only for observation after an in-hospital fall and bump on the head. The rolling catastrophe that followed didn’t seem to make any sense. I am very excited to see research looking into this phenomenon, as this particular ordeal is perhaps the worst suffering I’ve ever witnessed or could imagine.