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One day makes a big difference!! 









Beginning 1*

Skeletal Muscle 

atrophy begins 1*

Pressure area develop 

Plasma volume begins to develop 2*

Orthostatic hypotension begins to develop 2*

Hypoxemia 2*

Insulin resistance ^


Altered triglyceride levels 4*

Increase CA+ in urine 1* 

To-Do List

Get Milk

Pick Up kids

Mobilize Patients 

Sarcopenia (loss of muscle strength) 1-3% per day 1,2*

Dorsal atelectasis begins

Thoracic fluid volume ^ 5* 

Loss of calcium in urine and increased risk of renal calculi

40% chance of becoming incontinent if >65 years 6*

Peristalsis/impaction <

8-10% loss of plasma volume 1*

Cardiac workload ^ 1*

HR (rest) 1*

Stroke volume < 1*

Cardiac output <1*

Lower pain threshold 

Anxiety and fear

Depressed central nervous system responses

Risk of gastric aspiration and endotoxemia ^

Micrrovascular dysfunction 1*

> 1% bone mineralization lost per week 6*

Visible weakness in 25-30% MV patients 

10% decrease in Muscle strength 1*

Bone degradation continues as long as bed rest occurs

Risk of ventilator acquired pneumonia increases every day

Risk of long term disabling weakness continues every day 

Risk for falls and delirium increases every day

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