Online Course: Monitoring of Patients in the Intensive Care Unit
Making sense of your patient's vital signs in ICU
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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:
- Reading activity
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.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.1 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- discuss the importance and effect of continuous vital sign monitoring in ICU patients
- interpret the values and presentation of eight different vital signs continuously monitored in the ICU
- identify the characteristics of eight different vital signs monitored in the ICU
Physical Therapist, United States
I appreciate a review of the normative values and what values outside of norms would decide to cease further PT intervention.
Maropeng Mavis Rammupudu
Physiotherapist, South Africa
Very refreshing and enlightening short course. I will recommend it to my colleagues as well.
Fantastic up-to-date and very useful information for all physiotherapists interested or working in the ICU. The vital signs information is also good for physios to know outside of the ICU