Vitamin D deficiency in the intensive care unit: an invisible accomplice to morbidity and mortality?
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- Lee, P., Nair, P., Eisman, J.A. et al. Intensive Care Med (2009) 35: 2028. doi:10.1007/s00134-009-1642-x
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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.