FES and Respiratory Function in the ICU with Covid-19 Patients

For every day a person is dependent on mechanical ventilation, respiratory and cardiac complications increase, quality of life decreases and costs increase by > $USD 1500. Interventions that improve respiratory muscle function during mechanical ventilation can reduce ventilation duration. Dr McCaughey and his team are investigating whether abdominal functional electrical stimulation (abdominal FES) is a safe and effective method to reduce mechanical ventilation duration for critically ill mechanically ventilated patients. Dr McCaughey will present the results of two studies that show abdominal FES may reduce mechanical ventilation duration and ICU length of stay for the critically ill, and discuss the potential implications for patients with COVID-19.
Euan McCaughey


Dr Euan McCaughey, MEng, PhD, CEng


Euan McCaughey (MEng, PhD, CEng) completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2014, focusing on the use of Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation (Abdominal FES) to improve respiratory function after spinal cord injury. He subsequently worked at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and Macquarie University, Sydney, before joining NeuRA in 2017. Euan’s interest lie in undertaking clinical trials to prove the effectiveness of protocols or technologies designed to improve outcomes for those living with an illness or disability. He has a particular interest in the use of Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation (Abdominal FES) to improve respiratory and bowel function, especially for people living with a spinal cord injury. He also studies the epidemiology of spinal cord injury. His expertise in the area of spinal cord injury has seen him appointed to the Editorial Board of Spinal Cord, the leading dedicated spinal cord injuries journal.

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