Online Course: Respiratory Physiotherapy for the ICU Patient
Apply goal-directed physiotherapy interventions to prevent respiratory complications in the intensive care unit
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Respiratory dysfunction is a common problem associated with the critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Critical illness combined with bedrest results in general deconditioning which impacts many body systems, especially the respiratory system, placing ICU patients at a much higher risk of developing respiratory complications. Respiratory care is one of the primary functions of physiotherapy in the ICU and is aimed towards the prevention and resolution of respiratory complications. The primary goals of physiotherapy for respiratory dysfunction in the ICU include airway secretion clearance, recruitment of lung volume, optimisation of oxygenation and the improvement and maintenance of inspiratory muscle strength. Physiotherapists have many modalities at their disposal to directly address and achieve these goals in order to mitigate pulmonary complications. With these goals in mind, this course will address the classification of the various physiotherapeutic modalities available according to their physiological effects, enabling us to direct our treatments towards the patient’s physiological needs.
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the role of physiotherapy in the prevention and management of respiratory complications in patients admitted to the ICU.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts 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 0.9 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 structure and functioning of the respiratory system.
- identify the various respiratory complications arising in patients in the ICU.
- explain the goals of physiotherapy for respiratory dysfunction in patients in the ICU.
- classify various physiotherapy techniques according to their purpose/use/physiological impact.
- select appropriate physiotherapy techniques for achieving the 4 main goals of physiotherapy in respiratory dysfunction.