Physical, psychological and social problems

Below are the most common problems which may occur after a critical illness. However, they can depend on many factors including age, health status prior to illness, critical illness, length of ICU stay, and underlying medical condition. The majority of short stay patients do not experience these problems but some of the longer stay patients may have one or more of the list below.

Problems after a critical illness
Weakness Weight loss Fatigue
Guilt Voice changes Insomnia
Irritability Itching Hair loss
Painful joints Stress Social isolation
Depression Anxiety Financial problems
Lack of confidence Poor appetite Poor concentration
Poor memory Skin and nail changes Sexual problems (impotence, libido)