Mr. David TW Yu, Senior Physiotherapist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, HKTS and ACCP (HK & Macau Chapter Newsletter, May 2010

Figure. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
Advances in the management of mechanically ventilated patients have improved outcomes and survival rates for critically ill patients1. As patients survive the acute illness with improved mortality, the long-term complications can significantly hamper the independence of the patients with prominent morbidity2. These complications can delay weaning due to respiratory muscle weakness, prolonged mechanical ventilation, and delay rehabilitation progress owing to limb weakness3,4. A longer period of dependency on support and rehabilitation services results in an increase in length of hospital stay, both of which can have significant cost implications5.

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