A framework for diagnosing and classifying intensive care unit-acquired weakness.

Abstract

Neuromuscular dysfunction is prevalent in critically ill patients, is associated with worse short-term outcomes, and is a determinant of long-term disability in intensive care unit survivors. Diagnosis is made with the help of clinical, electrophysiological, and morphological observations; however, the lack of a consistent nomenclature remains a barrier to research. We propose a simple framework for diagnosing and classifying neuromuscular disorders acquired in critical illness.

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@article{Stevens2009AFF, title={A framework for diagnosing and classifying intensive care unit-acquired weakness.}, author={Robert Stevens and Scott A Marshall and David Reid Cornblath and Ahmet Hoke and Dale M Needham and Bernard de Jonghe and Naeem A. Ali and Tarek Sharshar}, journal={Critical care medicine}, year={2009}, volume={37 10 Suppl}, pages={S299-308} }