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Respiratory Physiotherapy Techniques for the ICU Patient

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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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 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:

  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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