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Physiotherapy Assessment of the ICU Patient

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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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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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:

  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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