Immobility is associated with multisystem pathophysiologic sequelae, especially in the critically ill trauma patient. Pulmonary embolus from deep vein thrombosis and nosocomial pneumonia are causes of pulmonary dysfunction that are directly related to immobilization in this population. Because of the high incidence of these complications, early identification of those at risk and institution of aggressive interventions to prevent nosocomial pneumonia and pulmonary embolus are crucial responsibilities of nurses caring for severely injured patients.
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Trauma| May 01 1995
Pulmonary Dysfunction Related to Immobility in the Trauma Patient
Kathryn T. Von Rueden, RN, MS, CCRN, FCCM;
*From the Multiple Trauma Critical Care Unit, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Maryland.
Reprint requests to Kathryn T. Von Rueden, RN, MS, CCRN, FCCM, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, 22 S. Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1995) 6 (2): 212–228.
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Kathryn T. Von Rueden, Janet R. Harris; Pulmonary Dysfunction Related to Immobility in the Trauma Patient. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1995; 6 (2): 212–228. doi:
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