Functional Impairments in Pediatric Critical Illness Survivors

  • C. S. Ong
  • Z. A. PuthuchearyEmail author
Part of the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (AUICEM)


With decreasing mortality rates, the world of critical care is becoming increasingly focused on not only maximizing survival, but maximizing survival with good function. Functional status has been suggested as a more meaningful outcome measure than mortality, and the push to report functional status as an outcome for pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) studies has recently translated to action [1, 2]. The PICU community is currently in the process of trying to understand the prevalence and pathophysiology of the problem, as well as interventions with the goal of improving or restoring a patient’s functional status to baseline.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryYong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Department of Nutrition and DieteticsKK Women’s and Children’s HospitalSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.William Harvey Research InstituteBarts Health NHS TrustLondonUK
  4. 4.The London School of Medicine and DentistryQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK
  5. 5.Adult Critical Care Unit, Royal London HospitalBarts Health NHS TrustLondonUK

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