Weakness in the ICU: A call to action

Robert D. Stevens, Nicholas Hart, Bernard de Jonghe, Tarek Sharshar

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Muscle weakness is prevalent in critically ill patients and can have a dramatic effect on short- and long-term outcomes, yet there are currently no interventions with proven efficacy in preventing or treating this complication. In a new randomized trial, researchers found that serial electrical muscle stimulation significantly mitigated ultrasound-defined muscle atrophy, and the treatment was not linked to adverse effects. Although preliminary, these results, together with other recent studies, indicate a paradigm shift to a proactive approach in managing neuromuscular complications in the ICU.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1002
JournalCritical Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 9 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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    Stevens, R. D., Hart, N., de Jonghe, B., & Sharshar, T. (2009). Weakness in the ICU: A call to action. Critical Care, 13(6), [1002]. https://doi.org/10.1186/cc8143