Online Course: Respiratory Physiotherapy Techniques for the ICU Patient
Understand which intensive care respiratory physiotherapeutic techniques to use and how to apply them
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Physiotherapists play a vital role in the respiratory management of patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Patients in the ICU are critically ill, confined to bed and at times on mechanical ventilation which increases their risk for developing respiratory complications. The goals of physiotherapy for respiratory dysfunction in the ICU include airway secretion clearance, maintenance or improvement of lung volume, optimization of oxygenation, and maintenance or training of inspiratory muscle strength. A variety of physiotherapeutic techniques are at our disposal to facilitate meeting these goals which in turn assist in preventing respiratory complications from developing and mitigating any existing complications in order to facilitate optimal recovery of the patient.
The purpose of this course is to familiarise you with the various physiotherapeutic techniques and devices utilised for respiratory dysfunction 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 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:
- identify the indications for specific respiratory treatment techniques
- describe the execution/implementation of specific respiratory physiotherapy techniques
- justify the use of specific therapeutic techniques and devices for respiratory dysfunction based on their mechanism of action
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT000/2021/314 (3 General CEUs Level 1)
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Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Physiotherapy Board of NZ. All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – Montana
The State Board does not pre-approve any activities or sponsors for CE credits. Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development as Category B activities.
United States – States accepting accreditation from other States
Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia
The state board of physical therapy accepts courses accredited by other States. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development based on the Texas Physical Therapy Association accreditation - please check with your state board.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Utah, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
Informative and to the point. The course is easy to follow and the material is provided through video or text. Great for all learning styles.
This is a fantastic short course with engaging and up-to-date content. My learning will most certainly guide my practice and I'll be a more effective physio for it. Thank you!