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Commentary on: TEAM Study Investigators and the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group; Hodgson CL, Bailey M, Bellomo R, Brickell K, Broadley T, Buhr H, Gabbe BJ, Gould DW, Harrold M, Higgins AM, Hurford S, Iwashyna TJ, Serpa Neto A, Nichol AD, Presneill JJ, Schaller SJ, Sivasuthan J, Tipping CJ, Webb S, Young PJ. Early active mobilization during mechanical ventilation in the ICU. N Engl J Med 2022;387(19):1747–58. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa2209083. Epub 26 Oct 2022.
Implications for practice and research
Early mobilisation may improve patient outcomes; however, starting with a higher dosage at the early stage of critical illness may not provide any added benefit.
Future research should explore the intensity, timing, duration and level of activity required to optimise physical rehabilitation of critically ill patients.
Early mobilisation (EM) refers to the practice of initiating physical activity that is of sufficient intensity to elicit acute physiological effects that enhance ventilation, central and peripheral perfusion, circulation and muscle metabolism early in the course of critical illness. …
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