Patients in developed countries now have a higher likelihoo of surviving acute injury or illness [1]. However, recovery may be marred by significant loss of functioning [2]. Several factors are increasing the risk for future disability in patients in the acute hospitalization, e.g. prolonged stay at intensive care old age or previous frailty. Therefore, the healthcare professionals in the intensive care unit (ICU) should be able to make a assessment of their patient ́s functioning so as to identify those patients who are especially vulnerable to future disability and set in motion timely strategies for recognize their subsequent rehabilitation


Jaime Pabón

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