Physical function impairment in survivors of critical illness in an ICU Recovery Clinic

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  • Purpose: The aims were to 1) determine feasibility of measuring physical function in our ICU Recovery Clinic (RC), 2) determine if physical function was associated with 6-month re-hospitalization and 1-year mortality and 3) compare ICU survivors’ physical function to other comorbid populations. Materials and methods: We established the Wake Forest ICU RC. Patients were seen in clinic 1 month following hospital discharge. Testing included the Short Form-36 questionnaire and Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB). We related these measures to 6 month re-hospitalizations and 1 year mortality, and compared patients’ functional performance with other comorbid populations. Results: Thirty-six patients were seen in clinic from July 2014 to June 2015; the median SPPB score was 5 (IQR 5). The median SF-36 physical component summary score was 21.8 (IQR 28.8). Mortality was 14% at 1 year. Of those who did not die by 1 year, 35% were readmitted to our hospital within 6 months of hospital discharge. SPPB scores demonstrated a non-significant trend with both mortality (p = 0.06) and readmissions (p = 0.09). ICU survivors’ SPPB scores were significantly lower than those of other chronically ill populations (p < 0.001). Conclusions: Physical function measurement in a recovery clinic is feasible and may inform subsequent morbidity and mortality.
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  • Bakhru RN; Davidson JF; Bookstaver RE; Kenes MT; Welborn KG; Morris PE; Clark Files D
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  • 163
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  • 169
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  • 45