Weakness in the ICU: A call to action

Robert David Stevens, Nicholas Hart, Bernard de Jonghe, Tarek Sharshar

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Abstract

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
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 9 2009

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Muscular Atrophy
Muscle Weakness
Critical Illness
Electric Stimulation
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Muscles
Therapeutics

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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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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

Weakness in the ICU : A call to action. / Stevens, Robert David; Hart, Nicholas; de Jonghe, Bernard; Sharshar, Tarek.

In: Critical Care, Vol. 13, No. 6, 1002, 09.11.2009.

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Stevens, RD, Hart, N, de Jonghe, B & Sharshar, T 2009, 'Weakness in the ICU: A call to action', Critical Care, vol. 13, no. 6, 1002. https://doi.org/10.1186/cc8143
Stevens RD, Hart N, de Jonghe B, Sharshar T. Weakness in the ICU: A call to action. Critical Care. 2009 Nov 9;13(6). 1002. https://doi.org/10.1186/cc8143
Stevens, Robert David ; Hart, Nicholas ; de Jonghe, Bernard ; Sharshar, Tarek. / Weakness in the ICU : A call to action. In: Critical Care. 2009 ; Vol. 13, No. 6.
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