Frailty in the critically ill: a novel concept

  title={Frailty in the critically ill: a novel concept},
  author={Robert Charles McDermid and Henry T Stelfox and Sean M. Bagshaw},
  booktitle={Critical care},
The concept of frailty has been defined as a multidimensional syndrome characterized by the loss of physical and cognitive reserve that predisposes to the accumulation of deficits and increased vulnerability to adverse events. Frailty is strongly correlated with age, and overlaps with and extends aspects of a patient's disability status (that is, functional limitation) and/or burden of comorbid disease. The frail phenotype has more specifically been characterized by adverse changes to a patient… CONTINUE READING
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