, Volume 35, Issue 12, pp 2028-2032
Date: 15 Sep 2009

Vitamin D deficiency in the intensive care unit: an invisible accomplice to morbidity and mortality?

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Abstract

The association between vitamin D deficiency and chronic illness is well-known. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased mortality in the general population. Despite this knowledge, vitamin D insufficiency is seldom considered and rarely replaced adequately, if at all, in critically ill patients in intensive care. We present a hypothetic model demonstrating how vitamin D deficiency may be an unrecognized contributor to adverse outcome in intensive care patients.