Interdisciplinary collaboration and coordination is vital to facilitate early mobility and rehabilitation in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting. A recent stakeholders' conference aimed at improving long-term outcomes for ICU survivors identified important silos among critical care and rehabilitation clinicians working in the ICU, with these silos acting as a barrier to collaboratively advancing the field and improving patient outcomes. While clinical trials support the benefits of early rehabilitation for mechanically ventilated patients, implementing these interventions requires creating a new ICU culture based on proactive rehabilitation and interdisciplinary collaboration between all critical care and rehabilitation clinicians.
Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference 2012: Creating and Sustaining a Physical Rehabilitation Program in the ICU, hosted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine September 21-22, will bridge the interdisciplinary gap from research to clinical implementation at the bedside.
APTA members Jennifer Zanni, PT, Michelle Kho, PT, PhD, and Michael Friedman, PT, MBA, will participate in panel discussions and present several sessions at the conference.
For course objectives and registration information, visit the conference's webpage.