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Monitoring of Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

Online Course: Monitoring of Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

Making sense of your patient's vital signs in ICU

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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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Changes in vital signs are often the first indicators of patient deterioration in the ICU. They are, therefore, continuously monitored. Physiotherapists, as part of the ICU team, are not only responsible for the respiratory care of critically ill patients in the ICU, but also for their early mobilisation and rehabilitation. Any changes in an ICU patient's position result in haemodynamic alterations which directly influence their vital sign status. It is, therefore, essential that physiotherapists have a thorough understanding of the vital signs of patients, as well as the necessity of continuous monitoring in order to guide their treatment sessions and alert them to possible patient deterioration.


The purpose of this course is to familiarise you with the various vital signs monitored in ICU in order to enhance your interpretation of their values and to guide your treatment of patients in 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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