Christiane S Perme

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BACKGROUND Millions of patients are discharged from intensive care units annually. These intensive care survivors and their families frequently report a wide range of impairments in their health status which may last for months and years after hospital discharge. OBJECTIVES To report on a 2-day Society of Critical Care Medicine conference aimed at(More)
New technologies in critical care and mechanical ventilation have led to long-term survival of critically ill patients. An early mobility and walking program was developed to provide guidelines for early mobility that would assist clinicians working in intensive care units, especially clinicians working with patients who are receiving mechanical(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing numbers of survivors of critical illness are at risk for physical, cognitive, and/or mental health impairments that may persist for months or years after hospital discharge. The post-intensive care syndrome framework encompassing these multidimensional morbidities was developed at the 2010 Society of Critical Care Medicine conference(More)
INTRODUCTION There are limited data describing mobility interventions provided to patients with femoral catheters. The purpose of this study was to examine the incidence of femoral catheter related adverse effects during physical therapy (PT) sessions in a cardiovascular intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS This was a prospective, observational study and(More)
Allergic granulomatosis is a disorder of obscure etiology characterized by infiltration of lymph nodes with histiocytic granulomas and eosinophils. In this report, we describe a case of allergic granulomatosis that is consistent with Churg-Strauss disease limited to lymph nodes. The histologic findings of this patient's lymph nodes demonstrated eosinophilic(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to determine the interrater reliability of the Perme Intensive Care Unit Mobility Score. MATERIALS AND METHODS This was a prospective observational study. Data were collected from 20 patients admitted in a cardiovascular intensive care unit. The interrater reliability was tested using the intraclass correlation(More)
Early mobilization and aggressive physical therapy are essential in patients who receive left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) due to long-term, end-stage heart failure. Some of these patients remain ventilator dependent for quite some time after device implantation. We report our regimen of mobilization with the aid of a portable ventilator, in patients(More)
The benefits of early mobilization for adult patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) are reduced length of ICU and hospital stays, fewer readmissions to the ICU, decreased duration of mechanical ventilation, fewer days of detrimental bedrest, minimal adverse or unsafe events, and improved walking distance. Because there are no available tools to(More)
Cardiology and cardiovascular surgery patients have historically been one of the sickest populations that physicians encounter. With the inherent compromise of the cardiac and/or respiratory system and the added complexity of a major surgical procedure, this patient group requires a demanding level of care. As innovations in the treatment of cardiac(More)
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