Promoting Early Mobility and Rehabilitation in the Intensive Care Unit - I

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Course Type: Text

Author(s): Jennifer M. Zanni PT, MSPT, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; Dale M. Needham MD, PhD, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD & Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Price: $29 Member | $49 Nonmember (subject to change)

CEU: 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours)

Description: This is the first in a series of continuing education articles focusing on acute care. Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) daily work with patients with acute care needs, whether in a hospital or rehabilitation facility, home environment, or the clinic.

For PTs practicing in the hospital environment, the complexity of the patient population often requires a high level of clinical decision making and knowledge to integrate many variables, including a patient's medical status, results of medical tests, and the ability to understand and work with medical devices and equipment. Managing a mechanically ventilated patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting can be one of the most challenging aspects of acute care practice. With increasing evidence supporting the benefits of early mobilization of patients in the ICU, physical therapists have an increasing role in the multi-disciplinary care of these patients.

This article will discuss the team approach needed to establish an effective early mobility and rehabilitation program in the ICU. It will focus on the importance of optimal treatment planning and clinical decision making. Current evidence-based literature supporting early mobility and rehabilitation in the ICU setting also will be reviewed.

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