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Title: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation as a possible mean to prevent muscle tissue wasting in artificially ventilated and sedated patients at the intensive care unit : a pilot study
Authors: MEESEN, Raf 
Hermans, A.
THIJS, Herbert 
Levin, O.
Issue Date: 2009
Source: IFESS 2009, Seoul, Korea, 14-17 September 2009
Abstract: Objective:  The aim of this study was to explore if electrical stimulation could prevent muscle atrophy. Material and Methods:  Patients were hospitalized for postoperative coronary artery bypass graftin, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ventilatory failure, or acute cerebro-vascular accident, and were divided into an intervention group or a control group. The intervention group underwent daily 30 minute training with an intermittent neuromuscular electrical stimulation applied to the right quadriceps muscle. Heart rate, respiration rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and oxygen saturation were monitored before, during, and after electrical stimulation. Circumference of both thighs was measured. Results:  The intervention resulted in a significant reduction of muscle atrophy in the stimulated as compared with the non-stimulated limb (p < 0.05), without making any impact on cardiovascular, respiratory and, hemodynamic characteristics. Conclusions:  Muscle atrophy is prevented by intermittent neuromuscular electrical stimulation while this intervention showed no obvious impact on the cardio-respiratory conditions of the patients.
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Category: C2
Type: Conference Material
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