Unlocking the secrets of locked-in syndrome
Rachel L. Palmieri RN-C, ANP, MS

July 2009 
Volume 39  Number 7
Pages 22 - 29
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Palmieri, Rachel L. RN-C, ANP, MS

Issue: Volume 39(7), July 2009, p 22–29 Publication Type: [Feature: 2.4 ANCC CONTACT HOURS] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Rachel L. Palmieri is the neuroscience program coordinator at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Your patient depends on you for all of her basic needs. Help her and her family cope by providing emotional support and teaching them how to communicate. The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article. Figure. No caption available.

LOCKED-IN SYNDROME (LIS) is characterized by complete paralysis of the voluntary muscles in all parts of the body except those that control blinking and vertical eye movements. Patients with the classic form of LIS are conscious and can think and reason but can't speak or move anything except their eyes.

In this article, I'll tell you about this complicated disorder and how to care for a patient who's locked-in. ...

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