Disorders of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus metabolism are frequently observed in SICU patients. Although divalent ion abnormalities are usually asymptomatic, they have the potential to impair cardiovascular and neuromuscular function. A high index of suspicion for these disorders should be maintained, and routine monitoring of serum calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus levels is warranted in most critically ill patients.
|Title of host publication||Surgical Critical Care, Second Edition|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2005|