More people are surviving critical illness, leading to an increase in a condition called post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).

PICS is made up of health problems that remain after critical illness. They are present when the patient is in the ICU and may persist after the patient returns home. These problems can involve the patient’s body, thoughts, feelings, or mind and may affect the family. PICS may show up as an easily noticed drawn-out muscle weakness, known as ICU-acquired weakness; as problems with thinking and judgment, called cognitive (brain) dysfunction; and as other mental health problems.

The THRIVE initiative aims to help educate patients, their families, and the healthcare community about PICS and provide resources for how to thrive after an ICU stay.