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Online ISSN 1827-1596
SMART 2006 - Milan, May 10-12, 2006
Flaatten H. 1, Ulvik A. 2
1 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
2 Department of Surgical Sciences University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Published studies and our own preliminary results show that Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients admitted after severe trauma, all report reduced quality of life (QOL) after discharge. In contrast to other ICU patients, this reduction is decreased by time, but does not seem to reach pre-ICU levels. Interventions to improve this situation have not been documented. This should be a high priority aspect for all health personnel caring for patients surviving severe trauma.