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Vitamin D levels related to length of stay in ICU

Posted on: February 22, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD


Dr. Ray Mathews and colleagues at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, just published a simple but elegant study. They wanted to know if vitamin D levels were associated with length of stay in the surgical ICU, how much the stay cost, and if vitamin D levels were associated with whether the typical patient lived or died.

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4 Responses to Vitamin D levels related to length of stay in ICU

  1. HerbLady7

    What an easy and seemingly innocuous solution to a very expensive situation. Why don’t they just administer this right along with all the other substances that they put in these I.V. bags? First of all, do no harm. Did we forget about this? In every instance I can think of, Vitamin D is helpful. I, personally, have been taking 10,000 i.u.’s a day for years. I am strong and healthy and give the credit to my Vitamin D. Thanks for all the good work you do.

  2. Ian

    Attitude! I recently asked this very question of a senior hospital physician. His reply: “Vitamin D level is just a marker of ill-health”

  3. [email protected]

    When I see 50,000 iu/week, it makes me ask what form of vitamin D was this? If D2, what would the results have been if D3?

  4. Nandyal

    Injectable D(?2) is available, it’s practically all that is available in India.
    What’s in the pipeline now in this half of the world pharmaceutically to scale down the IM doses and make sure it is D3? Parenteral would seem to be the better choice but IM would be a close second, just not the 600K that I had to use on the subcontinent!

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