Study identifies risk factors for physical decline among survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome — ScienceDaily

The study, summarized in a report published Oct. 1 in Intensive Care Medicine, followed 193 survivors for five years after ARDS and found that 86 percent experienced decline in at least one of three physical measures — muscle strength, exercise capacity and self-reported physical functioning — or death. Older age and pre-existing illnesses were the key risk factors for physical decline.”Many people assume that once you survive a stay in the intensive care unit, you’re on a constant upward trajectory of recovery. We found that the vast majority of patients do not follow that pathway, instead following a rocky course with fluctuating recovery or a downward trajectory of physical decline,” says senior author Dale Needham, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “These findings have helped us determine that older survivors and those who enter the ICU with other pre-existing illnesses have the highest risk of physical decline, and support future efforts to design and evaluate post-ICU rehabilitation specifically targeting these types of patients.”

Source: Study identifies risk factors for physical decline among survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome — ScienceDaily

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