How are the complications of immobility prevented in the ICU in patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)?

Updated: May 04, 2018
  • Author: Michael T Andary, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Prevention of secondary complications of immobility is also required. Subcutaneous unfractionated or low ̶ molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) and thromboguards are often used in the treatment of immobile patients to prevent lower-extremity deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and consequent pulmonary embolism (PE).

Prevention of pressure sores and contractures entails careful positioning, frequent postural changes, and daily range-of-motion (ROM) exercises.


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