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Weakness in the critically ill patient

Michael J Murray, Heidi DeBlock, Brian Erstad, Anthony Gray, Judi Jacobi, Che Jordan, William McGee, Claire McManus, Maureen Meade, Sean Nix, Andrew Patterson, M Karen Sands, Richard Pino, Ann Tescher, Richard Arbour, Bram Rochwerg, Catherine Friederich Murray, Sangeeta Mehta
OBJECTIVE: To update the 2002 version of "Clinical practice guidelines for sustained neuromuscular blockade in the adult critically ill patient." DESIGN: A Task Force comprising 17 members of the Society of Critical Medicine with particular expertise in the use of neuromuscular-blocking agents; a Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation expert; and a medical writer met via teleconference and three face-to-face meetings and communicated via e-mail to examine the evidence and develop these practice guidelines...
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Alladi Mohan, G Sivaram Naik, J Harikrishna, D Prabath Kumar, M H Rao, Kvs Sarma, K K Guntupalli
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Ingestion of Cleistanthus collinus causes hypokalemia and cardiac arrhythmias leading to mortality in most cases. We undertook this retrospective study to evaluate the clinical presentation and predictors of outcome in critically ill patients admitted with C. collinus poisoning. METHODS: The case records of 56 patients admitted to the medical intensive care unit (MICU) of a tertiary care teaching hospital in south India (2000-2014) with C...
June 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
David McWilliams, Gemma Atkins, James Hodson, Catherine Snelson
BACKGROUND: Early mobility within the ICU is associated with a number of positive outcomes including reductions in ICU and hospital length of stay and better functional recovery. The exact definition of 'early' mobility is still not defined, with the actual ability to mobilise limited by a number of perceived factors. The Sara Combilizer is a combined tilt table and stretcher chair, which allows passive transfer of patients out of bed. This study aimed to assess whether the introduction of the Sara Combilizer reduced time taken to first mobilise for patients mechanically ventilated for at least five days and at risk of ICU acquired weakness...
October 10, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
Susan R Wilcox
Weakness is common in critically ill patients, associated with prolonged mechanical ventilation and increased mortality. Corticosteroids and neuromuscular blockade (NMB) administration have been implicated as etiologies of acquired weakness in the intensive care unit. Medical literature since the 1970s is replete with case reports and small case series of patients with weakness after receiving high-dose corticosteroids, prolonged NMB, or both. Several risk factors for weakness appear in the early literature, including large doses of steroids, the dose and duration of NMB, hyperglycemia, and the duration of mechanical ventilation...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Karen K Y Koo, Karen Choong, Deborah J Cook, Margaret Herridge, Anastasia Newman, Vincent Lo, Gordon Guyatt, Fran Priestap, Eileen Campbell, Karen E A Burns, FranÇois Lamontagne, Maureen O Meade
BACKGROUND: The promotion of early mobilization following critical illness is tempered by national reports of patient and institutional barriers to this approach. We carried out a survey to assess current knowledge, perceptions and practices of Canadian physicians and physiotherapists with respect to acquired weakness and early mobilization in adults in the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional, self-administered postal survey among critical care physicians and physiotherapists in all 46 academic ICUs in Canada in 2011-2012...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Abele Donati, Elisa Damiani, Roberta Domizi, Claudia Scorcella, Andrea Carsetti, Stefania Tondi, Valentina Monaldi, Erica Adrario, Rocco Romano, Paolo Pelaia, Mervyn Singer
BACKGROUND: Impaired microcirculatory perfusion and tissue oxygenation during critical illness are associated with adverse outcome. The aim of this study was to detect alterations in tissue oxygenation or microvascular reactivity and their ability to predict outcome in critically ill patients using thenar near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) with a vascular occlusion test (VOT). METHODS: Prospective observational study in critically ill adults admitted to a 12-bed intensive care unit (ICU) of a University Hospital...
October 1, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Biljana Kuzmanovska, Emilija Cvetkovska, Igor Kuzmanovski, Nikola Jankulovski, Mirjana Shosholcheva, Andrijan Kartalov, Tatjana Spirovska
INTRODUCTION: Rhabdomyolysis is a syndrome of injury of skeletal muscles associated with myoglobinuria, muscle weakness, electrolyte imbalance and often, acute kidney injury as severe complication. THE AIM: of this study is to detect the incidence of rhabdomyolysis in critically ill patients in the surgical intensive care unit (ICU), and to raise awareness of this medical condition and its treatment among the clinicians. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective review of all surgical and trauma patients admitted to surgical ICU of the University Surgical Clinic "Mother Teresa" in Skopje, Macedonia, from January 1(st) till December 31(st) 2015 was performed...
July 27, 2016: Medical Archives
Simone Thomas, Wolfgang Sauter, Ulrike Starrost, Marcus Pohl, Jan Mehrholz
BACKGROUND: Treatment of critical illness on intensive-care-units (ICU) results often in persistent invasive endotracheal intubation which might delay rehabilitation and increases the risk of mortality. Recent longitudinal studies have described the recovery of critically ill people, but the detailed time course of decannulation in patients with chronic critical illness with ICU- acquired muscle weakness (ICUAW) is not well known. AIM: The aim of our study was therefore to describe the decannulation times and associated risk factors in patients who are chronic critically ill with ICU acquired weakness...
September 27, 2016: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Simone Thomas, Jane H Burridge, Marcus Pohl, Frank Oehmichen, Jan Mehrholz
OBJECTIVES: To describe the time course of recovery of sit-to-stand function in patients with intensive-care-unit-acquired muscle weakness and the impact of recovery. METHODS: A cohort study in post-acute intensive care unit and rehabilitation units. Patients with chronic critical illness and intensive-care-unit-acquired muscle weakness were included. Sit-to-stand function was measured daily, using a standardized chair height, defined as 120% of the individual's knee height...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Ahmed Hasanin, Sabah Abdel Raouf Mohamed, Akram El-Adawy
Pain is a common and undertreated problem in critically ill patients. Pain assessment in critically ill patients is challenging and relies on complex scoring systems. The aim of this work was to find out the possible role of the perfusion index (PI) measured by a pulse oximeter (Masimo Radical 7; Masimo Corp., Irvine, CA, USA) in pain assessment in critically ill patients. A prospective observational study was carried out on 87 sedated non-intubated patients in a surgical intensive care unit. In addition to routine monitoring, a Masimo pulse oximeter probe was used for PI measurement...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Xiaoxi Zhu, Melanie Kny, Franziska Schmidt, Alexander Hahn, Tobias Wollersheim, Christian Kleber, Steffen Weber-Carstens, Jens Fielitz
OBJECTIVE: In sepsis, the disease course of critically ill patients is often complicated by muscle failure leading to ICU-acquired weakness. The myokine transforming growth factor-β1 increases during inflammation and mediates muscle atrophy in vivo. We observed that the transforming growth factor-β1 inhibitor, secreted frizzled-related protein 2, was down-regulated in skeletal muscle of ICU-acquired weakness patients. We hypothesized that secreted frizzled-related protein 2 reduction enhances transforming growth factor-β1-mediated effects and investigated the interrelationship between transforming growth factor-β1 and secreted frizzled-related protein 2 in inflammation-induced atrophy...
September 21, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Matthew R Dettmer, Emily Damuth, Samson Zarbiv, Jessica A Mitchell, Jason L Bartock, Stephen Trzeciak
OBJECTIVES: Long-term survival for patients treated with prolonged mechanical ventilation is generally poor; however, patient-level factors associated with long-term mortality are unclear. Our objective was to systematically review the biomedical literature and synthesize data for prognostic factors that predict long-term mortality in prolonged mechanical ventilation patients. DATA SOURCES: We searched PubMed, CINAHL, and Cochrane Library from 1988 to 2015 for studies on prolonged mechanical ventilation utilizing a comprehensive strategy without language restriction...
September 9, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Marc Auerbach, Travis Whitfill, Marcie Gawel, David Kessler, Barbara Walsh, Sandeep Gangadharan, Melinda Fiedor Hamilton, Brian Schultz, Akira Nishisaki, Khoon-Yen Tay, Megan Lavoie, Jessica Katznelson, Robert Dudas, Janette Baird, Vinay Nadkarni, Linda Brown
Importance: The quality of pediatric resuscitative care delivered across the spectrum of emergency departments (EDs) in the United States is poorly described. In a recent study, more than 4000 EDs completed the Pediatric Readiness Survey (PRS); however, the correlation of PRS scores with the quality of simulated or real patient care has not been described. Objective: To measure and compare the quality of resuscitative care delivered to simulated pediatric patients across a spectrum of EDs and to examine the correlation of PRS scores with quality measures...
October 1, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
Sabrina Eggmann, Martin L Verra, Gere Luder, Jukka Takala, Stephan M Jakob
BACKGROUND: Prolonged need for intensive care is associated with neuromuscular weakness, termed Intensive Care Unit Acquired Weakness. Those affected suffer from severe functional impairment that can persist for years. First studies suggest a positive effect of physiotherapy and early mobilisation. However, the ideal intervention for a preferential functional outcome is not known. So far no randomised controlled trial has been conducted to specifically evaluate an early endurance and resistance training in the mechanically ventilated, critically ill patient...
2016: Trials
David R Price, Mark E Mikkelsen, Craig A Umscheid, Ehrin J Armstrong
OBJECTIVE: The relationship between neuromuscular blocking agents and neuromuscular dysfunction acquired in critical illness remains unclear. We examined the association between neuromuscular blocking agents and ICU-acquired weakness, critical illness polyneuropathy, and critical illness myopathy. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and bibliographies of included studies were searched from database inception until September 24, 2015...
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Monica Llano-Diez, Arthur J Cheng, William Jonsson, Niklas Ivarsson, Håkan Westerblad, Vic Sun, Nicola Cacciani, Lars Larsson, Joseph Bruton
BACKGROUND: Critical illness myopathy is an acquired skeletal muscle disorder with severe myosin loss and muscle weakness frequently seen in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. It is unknown if impaired excitation-contraction coupling contributes to the muscle weakness. METHODS: We used a unique ICU model where rats were deeply sedated, post-synaptically pharmacologically paralyzed, mechanically ventilated and closely monitored for up to ten days. Single intact fibers from the flexor digitorum brevis muscle were isolated and used to measure force and free myoplasmic [Ca(2+)] ([Ca(2+)]i) during tetanic contractions...
August 10, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
E Segaran, L Wandrag, M Stotz, M Terblanche, M Hickson
BACKGROUND: Critical illness is associated with muscle loss, weakness and poor recovery. The impact that illness and the ensuing metabolic response has on obese patients is not known. Objectives were to test if obese patients lose less muscle depth compared to non-obese patients; if a reduction in muscle depth was associated with reduced strength and recovery; and to assess the feasibility of these methods with a range of body mass index's (BMI). METHODS: A prospective observational pilot study of muscle depth in critically ill patients categorised by BMI was performed...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
Helle Svenningsen, Ingrid Egerod, Pia Dreyer
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe the content of former intensive care unit patients' memories of delusions. BACKGROUND: Intensive care unit patients often have strange and frightening experiences during the critical stage of illness. Earlier studies have provided small-sample in-depth descriptions of patient experiences in intensive care unit, but large-scale studies are also needed to inform intensive care unit follow-up. METHODS: The study had a qualitative design using phenomenological hermeneutic analysis inspired by Ricoeur's interpretive theory...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Christopher J Walsh, Jane Batt, Margaret S Herridge, Sunita Mathur, Gary D Bader, Pingzhao Hu, Claudia C Dos Santos
ICU acquired weakness (ICUAW) is a common complication of critical illness characterized by structural and functional impairment of skeletal muscle. The resulting physical impairment may persist for years after ICU discharge, with few patients regaining functional independence. Elucidating molecular mechanisms underscoring sustained ICUAW is crucial to understanding outcomes linked to different morbidity trajectories as well as for the development of novel therapies. Quadriceps muscle biopsies and functional measures of muscle strength and mass were obtained at 7 days and 6 months post-ICU discharge from a cohort of ICUAW patients...
2016: Scientific Reports
Muhammet C Kizilarslanoglu, Mehmet E Kuyumcu, Yusuf Yesil, Meltem Halil
Sarcopenia occurring as a primary consequence of aging and secondary due to certain medical problems including chronic disease, malnutrition and inactivity is a progressive generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass, strength and function. The prevalence of sarcopenia increases with aging (approximately 5-13 % in the sixth and seventh decades). However, data showing the prevalence and clinical outcomes of sarcopenia in intensive care units (ICUs) are limited. A similar condition to sarcopenia in the ICU, called ICU-acquired weakness (ICU-AW), has been reported more frequently...
October 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
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