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Critical and Acute Illness Recovery Organization

Millions of patients become critically ill each year, and an increasing number will survive thanks to advances in critical care.

The Critical and Acute Illness Recovery Organization (CAIRO) is a global collaborative of multidisciplinary clinicians dedicated to improving outcomes for ICU survivors and their families.

CAIRO is a true learning collaborative. Our members provide data, share their ideas, and work together to analyze and address issues, identify best practices, and disseminate information.



The Critical and Acute Illness Recovery Organization (CAIRO) is uniquely positioned to fill a gap in the critical care landscape by supporting and sustaining global collaboratives that aim to provide resources, education, and community for ICU survivors and their families, as well as the clinicians who care for them.


Intensive Care Units (ICUs) have historically focused on survival as the single most important outcome of critical illness. Recent research shows that many patients who survive their ICU stay develop a combination of cognitive impairment; emotional problems, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder; physical weakness; and significant social and financial hardships. Together, this constellation of symptoms has been termed post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). The challenges of recovery also have common effects on family members of ICU survivors.







Learning Collaboratives

Peer Support Collaborative

Support Group Meeting

A global partnership between survivors, clinicians, and hospitals to learn how to create stable, useful survivor support groups.

Post-ICU Clinic Collaborative

Doctor Office

A global partnership of specialized, interdisciplinary clinics that provide and coordinate care for ICU survivors and their families. The goal of these clinics is to improve patients' quality of life, decrease medical errors and untimely health resource utilization, ease caregiver burden on families, and work to restore patients to their prior level of functioning.

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