ICU-Acquired Weakness

Critical Care Medicine has published the proceedings of a round table conference which was held in Brussels, last March. The table of contents consists of articles that will be of interest to those working in critical care situations and includes several articles on early mobilisation.

Table of contents:

  • A framework for diagnosing and classifying intensive care unit-acquired weakness
  • Intensive care unit-acquired weakness: Risk factors and prevention
  • Use of electrophysiologic testing
  • Measurement of muscle strength in the intensive care unit
  • Sepsis-associated encephalopathy and its differential diagnosis
  • Physical inactivity and muscle weakness in the critically ill
  • Prolonged mechanical ventilation alters diaphragmatic structure and function
  • Sepsis-induced myopathy
  • Skeletal muscle aging: Role of reactive oxygen species
  • Skeletal muscle response to inflammation-Lessons for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Muscle in defence
  • Metabolic aspects of critical illness polyneuromyopathy
  • Anabolic resistance in critically ill patients
  • Performance-enhancing sports supplements: Role in critical care
  • What is the proper approach to liberating the weak from mechanical ventilation?
  • Role of analgesics, sedatives, neuromuscular blockers, and delirium
  • Consequences of bed rest
  • Culture of early mobility in mechanically ventilated patients

Proceedings of a Round Table Conference in Brussels, Belgium, March 2009 10. ICU-Acquired Weakness. Critical Care Medicine. 37(10):S295, October 2009.