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
Physical Therapist, Ghana
This course has refreshed my memory on some of the clinical techniques for the positioning of a client with respiratory issues. Thank you!
Physiotherapist, South Africa
This course has boosted my confidence to apply Respiratory Physiotherapy techniques based on need, aims of treatment as well as precautions. Thanks!!
Shannon Babette Mcaulay
Physiotherapist, South Africa
Great overall reminder and recap of techniques! It Will be perfect for newly qualified individuals