Recovery after prolonged ICU treatment in patients with COVID-19,
Detailed follow-up data from survivors of both ARDS and SARS-CoV2,3 show that a large proportion of patients have physical and cognitive impairments for weeks to years after ICU discharge, and suggest that some disability might be permanent. Persistent weakness affects over 25% of patients, with substantial functional dependency in activities of daily living, including mobility and self-care. Peripheral nerve injuries from positioning, joint contracture from immobility, and oral or laryngeal injuries from protracted endotracheal intubation during the ICU stay are common. Tracheal stenosis might be more frequent than was previously thought.