By Helle Sorensen, Membership Services Officer
‘POPPI’ aims to improve psychological assessment of critically ill. Studies indicate high rates of serious psychological morbidity amongst patients after their stay in a critical care unit. Early psychological assessment of risk and subsequent support are key to reduce longer-term morbidity.
‘POPPI’ (Provision of Psychological Support to People in Intensive Care) is a study being run by ICNARC that sets out to inform the NHS on improving the delivery of psychological assessment and support.
It’s a different way of thinking for professionals, but we have received very positive feedback from them
Paul Mouncey, Senior Trial Manager of POPPI
The intervention being evaluated is a nurse-led preventative psychological intervention comprising of four elements:
1 – An educational package (two training courses and associated materials).
2 – Creating a therapeutic environment to promote calm and minimise stress in the unit.
3 – Assessing acute psychological stress and unusual experiences in critical care patients using the Intensive Care Psychological Assessment Tool.
4 – Carry out three support sessions for patients assessed as being at high-risk of psychological morbidity.
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Another study found that 50 per cent of patients in the study discharged from intensive care went on to suffer adverse psychological problems. Critical Care (2012) 16: R192.
Post-traumatic stress is associated with length of stay and use of sedation according to study on PTSD in ICU. Journal of the Intensive Care Society (2010) 11:2.