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ICU weakeness

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
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
Shameen Salam, Robert Kotloff, Puneet Garcha, Sudhir Krishnan, Dhruv Joshi, Patrick Grady, Abhijit Duggal
Veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has become a viable and increasingly utilized option for the treatment of refractory hypoxemia in severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). However, options are limited for ARDS patients who fail to wean from ECMO. The high rates of infection, presence of extrapulmonary end organ damage, ICU-acquired weakness, and high short-term mortality associated with ARDS are all significant hurdles that make lung transplantation a difficult prospect to consider...
September 22, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
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
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
Christopher S Graffeo, Avital Perry, Eelco F M Wijdicks
BACKGROUND: Intracranial subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and spinal subdural hematoma (SDH) are rare complications of spine surgery, thought to be precipitated by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) hypotension in the setting of an intraoperative durotomy or postoperative CSF leak. Considerable clinical variability has been reported, requiring a high level of clinical suspicion in patients with a new, unexplained neurologic deficit after spine surgery. METHODS: Case report...
September 22, 2016: Neurocritical Care
Fang Liu, Hong-Mei Wang, Tiansheng Wang, Ya-Mei Zhang, Xi Zhu
BACKGROUND: Thymosin α1 (Tα1) as immunomodulatory treatment is supposed to be beneficial for the sepsis patients by regulating T cell subsets and inflammatory mediators. However, limited by the small sample size and the poor study design, the persuasive power of the single clinical studies is weak. This meta-analysis aimed to investigate the impact of Tα1 on the sepsis patients. METHODS: We searched for the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CBM, VIP, CNKI, WANFANG, Igaku Chuo Zasshi (ICHUSHI) and Korean literature databases reporting the effects of Tα1 on outcomes in sepsis patients...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Sarah E Schmitt
INTRODUCTION: Seizures in the intensive care unit (ICU) are often subtle, and may have little or no clinical correlate. This study attempts to determine what clinical features are most strongly associated with the presence of electrographic seizures on continuous EEG (cEEG) monitoring. METHODS: A retrospective review for all patients who underwent cEEG monitoring between Jan. 2003 and Mar. 2009 for either characterization of clinical events or altered mental status was performed...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Ajith John George, Shalini Nair, Jayanthi Chinnaiya Karthic, Mathew Joseph
INTRODUCTION: Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is thought to be less common in Asians than in Caucasian population. The incidence of DVT in high-risk groups, especially the neurosurgical (NS) patients, has not been well studied. This leaves no firm basis for the start of early prophylactic anticoagulation within first 5 postoperative days in Indian NS patients. This is a prospective observational study to determine the early occurrence of DVT in the NS patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We screened 137 consecutive high-risk NS patients based on inclusion and exclusion criteria...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Gianfranco Umberto Meduri, Andreas Schwingshackl, Greet Hermans
Systemic inflammation and duration of immobilization are strong independent risk factors for the development of intensive care unit-acquired weakness (ICUAW). Activation of the pro-inflammatory transcription factor nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) results in muscle wasting during disuse-induced skeletal muscle atrophy (ICU bed rest) and septic shock. In addition, NF-κB-mediated signaling plays a significant role in mechanical ventilation-induced diaphragmatic atrophy and contractile dysfunction. Older trials investigating high dose glucocorticoid treatment reported a lack of a sustained anti-inflammatory effects and an association with ICUAW...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
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
Christiane G Stäuble, Marc Helming, J A Jeevendra Martyn, Manfred Blobner, Heidrun Fink
OBJECTIVES: Recovery from ICU-acquired muscle weakness extends beyond hospital stay. We hypothesized that immobilization, more than inflammation, plays a prominent role in the delayed recovery from critical illness. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, controlled, experimental study. SETTING: Animal laboratory, university hospital. SUBJECTS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats. INTERVENTIONS: Animals were divided to have one hind limb immobilized (n = 129) or sham-immobilized (n = 129) on day -12...
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
J Kalita, V E Mani, S K Bhoi, U K Misra
PURPOSE: To evaluate the spectrum of acute infectious encephalitis/encephalopathy syndrome (AIES) in intensive care unit (ICU) and the predictors of mechanical ventilation (MV) and outcome of these patients. METHODS: AIES patients diagnosed on the basis of fever, altered sensorium, seizure and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pleocytosis admitted to the neurology ICU were prospectively included. The demographic and clinical details, hematological, biochemical, MRI and etiological findings of the patients were noted...
August 10, 2016: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
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
Minxuan Huang, Kitty S Chan, Jennifer M Zanni, Selina M Parry, Saint-Clair G B Neto, Jose A A Neto, Vinicius Z M da Silva, Michelle E Kho, Dale M Needham
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the internal consistency, validity, responsiveness, and minimal important difference of the Functional Status Score for the ICU, a physical function measure designed for the ICU. DESIGN: Clinimetric analysis. SETTINGS: Five international datasets from the United States, Australia, and Brazil. PATIENTS: Eight hundred nineteen ICU patients. INTERVENTION: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Clinimetric analyses were initially conducted separately for each data source and time point to examine generalizability of findings, with pooled analyses performed thereafter to increase power of analyses...
August 3, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Clément Medrinal, Guillaume Prieur, Éric Frenoy, Aurora Robledo Quesada, Antoine Poncet, Tristan Bonnevie, Francis-Edouard Gravier, Bouchra Lamia, Olivier Contal
BACKGROUND: Diaphragm dysfunction in mechanically ventilated patients is associated with poor outcome. Maximal inspiratory pressure (MIP) can be used to evaluate inspiratory muscle function. However, it is unclear whether respiratory weakness is independently associated with long-term mortality. The aim of this study was to determine if low MIP is independently associated with one-year mortality. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational cohort study in an 18-bed ICU...
2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Rik Gosselink, Daniel Langer
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September 2016: Thorax
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