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Introduction to the Intensive Care Unit

Online Course: Introduction to the Intensive Care Unit

Understand the ICU environment and the benefits of early physiotherapy

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Course instructor:

Chidile Muonwe

Chidile is a Physiotherapist, Researcher and Lecturer in Nigeria with an interest in promoting and developing the role of physiotherapy in ICUs.

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Critically ill patients with life-threatening conditions need urgent, life-sustaining care which can only be provided in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). ICU resources are however limited and the cost per patient high. Careful attention must, therefore, be given to determine which patients will most benefit from admission to the ICU and which type of ICU is best suited to each patient. In this course, Chidile Muonwe will cover the definition of intensive care and the ICU, different types of ICUs available, requirements for admission to ICU and why early physiotherapy is important in the ICU.


The aim of this course is to introduce you to the ICU, the requirements for admission and the importance for early physiotherapy intervention in the ICU.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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