Journal article

Physiotherapy in the intensive care unit

L Denehy, S Berney

Physical Therapy Reviews | Published : 2006


Physiotherapy is reported to be an integral part of patient management in the intensive care unit (ICU) of hospitals in industrialised countries. There is substantial literature which supports the role of respiratory management and rehabilitation of critically ill patients, although there is a paucity of randomised controlled trials in this area and trials examining patient outcomes. The aims of this review are to present the current evidence for the role of physiotherapists in the adult ICU. The efficacy of 'chest physiotherapy' on short-term patient physiological outcomes has been studied extensively and there is moderate-to-strong evidence in support of its role. The safety of physiothera..

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