A patient with newly diagnosed Guillain-Barré Syndrome (confirmed with LP and nerve conduction studies) has been referred to the ICU team for monitoring. They have requested admission to ICU for monitoring in case of deterioration.
a) Outline the factors you would consider in the decision on whether to admit this patient to the ICU.
b) List the non-respiratory complications of severe Guillain-Barré Syndrome. (30% marks)
Decision to admit a patient like this for monitoring is made on the basis of the interplay of numerous factors, as follows:
Nonrespiratory complications of GBS include those directly related to GBS and those which are associated with the overall picture of prolonged immobility and long-term ICU stay:
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