The original Post-ICU Presentation Screening tool (PICUPS) was developed as a functional screening tool to support triage and handover of patients stepping down from ITU into the acute wards, and onwards into rehabilitation. It is designed to:
- Inform the immediate plan for care on the acute ward
- Identify problems that are likely to require further, more detailed assessment / evaluation by members of the multi-disciplinary team and
- Inform development of the Rehabilitation Prescription as patients leave the acute care setting (which will include the Rehabilitation Complexity Scale) to indicate the patient’s needs for rehabilitation at their next stage of care as they move into the community.
The PICUPs-community follow-up tool is a version of the PICUPs monitor going functional change as patients recover from severe illness and injury in the community. It is written for self-report by patients or their families, but the content is designed to mirror the hospital version and to guide referral to the different disciplines that may need to be involved in the individual’s rehabilitation.