Intensive Care Medicine

, 35:2028

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

  • Paul Lee
  • Priya Nair
  • John A. Eisman
  • Jacqueline R. Center
Clinical Perspective

DOI: 10.1007/s00134-009-1642-x

Cite this article as:
Lee, P., Nair, P., Eisman, J.A. et al. Intensive Care Med (2009) 35: 2028. doi:10.1007/s00134-009-1642-x

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.

Keywords

Endocrine disordersElectrolyte disordersMultiple organ failureNutritionSystemic diseasesCardiovascular issues in the ICUVitamin D deficiencyHypocalcaemia

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Lee
    • 1
    • 3
    • 5
  • Priya Nair
    • 2
  • John A. Eisman
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Jacqueline R. Center
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologySt Vincent’s HospitalSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Intensive Care UnitSt Vincent’s HospitalSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Endocrinology, Garvan Institute of Medical ResearchSydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Bone and Mineral Research ProgrammeGarvan Institute of Medical ResearchSydneyAustralia
  5. 5.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia