Online Course: Physiotherapy Assessment of the ICU Patient
Optimally manage your patients by accurately identifying their impairments while in intensive care
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Physiotherapists play a vital role in the intensive care unit (ICU), not only in the management of respiratory conditions, but also in the rehabilitation and mobilisation of critically ill patients. The physiotherapy assessment of the critically ill patient is informed not so much by the medical diagnosis, but by the physiological and functional deficiencies of the patient. Physiotherapists follow a system-by-system approach to the evaluation of patients in the ICU in order to identify specific impairments that are amenable to physiotherapy intervention. These detailed and regular assessments ensure appropriate treatment and progression of treatment for the patient in the ICU.
The purpose of this course is to familiarise you with the physiotherapy assessment of critically ill patients 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:
- 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 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 physiotherapy assessment of the patient in the ICU
- describe the multi-systems approach to the assessment of the patient in the ICU
- select various factors to be assessed for the different body systems
- plan your management of an ICU patient based on your continuous assessment of the body systems
OTITO STEPHEN UDEGBEH
This course is really detailed and has evidence-based best protocols for ICU patient assessment.
Physiotherapist, Trinidad And Tobago
This is a great introductory course as it covers necessary information for clinical reasoning in critical care.
RONAN EZRA SANTOS
This course is indeed one of the best courses here in Physioplus for it highlighted the specific role of the physical therapists in the ICU. I would like to commend it and encourage others to take this course for it is of great help as it gives enough information on why we, physical therapists are vital to the ICU department.
APRIL ROSE GATURIAN
This course is very helpful if you are intending to work in ICU, and it's a great help for me as an intern to visualize the importance of PT in ICU.
CHRISTIAN NOEL JUMARANG
This course gave me the information to properly handle my patients during the assessment and planning part in ICU. It gave me tips on how to manage and collaborate with the rehabilitation team when handling patients in ICU. The instructor, Chidile Muonwe, instructed this course properly. Thank you for the course!
ZYRIL NICOLE ALDAS
This course is very helpful especially for intern students like me who are still stuck in online classes. This helped me visualize what assessments are actually performed in ICU. The knowledge I gained here will guide me in determining which things should I focus on and prepare for when face to face classes would be permissible in the internship.
The course was really good! The tutor, Chidile Muonwe, explained all the points thoroughly.
Tara-Leigh Du Preez
Physiotherapist, South Africa
Very good course to revise before working in an ICU.