Early Patient Mobility Blog
Physical Therapy in the ICU
Physical Therapy in the ICU
October 21, 2014
You might ask yourself what a physical therapist does in the ICU. That is a great question. The role of a P.T. in the ICU will vary from facility to facility. Some facilities have a dedicated P.T. who spends the day mobilizing patients, doing progressive resistance exercises and acting as the expert for positioning and prevention of contractions. Other facilities order a P.T.consult only when a patient is extubated and active.
There are some important things that a P.T. needs to be knowledgeable about when working in the ICU. I would recommend brushing up on the following; cardiopulmonary physiology, ventilator and respiratory equipment, medications commonly used in the ICU, exclusion criteria for mobility, clinical implications of lab values, and monitoring systems. It is also beneficial to take 2-4 hours to shadow an ICU nurse and a respiratory therapist if your facility allows for this.
Yhere are many P.T. activities that can be done while the patient is sitting edge of bed such as;PREs for lower extremities, therapeutic exercises, deep breathing, ADLs, trunk control and seated balance activities.
The ultimate goal of ICU P.T. is to get patients mobile which will inevitably help them wean off of a ventilator, become more independent and eventually transfer out of the ICU.
As a P.T. who has worked in the ICU I can tell you that it is rewarding, exciting and important. The evidence for early mobility is strong and it is “Best Practice” for ICU patients. I encourage you to get trained, get involved and get your patients moving.
What Customers Say
“6 months ago we implemented 12 mobis into our early mobility program. We have a very diverse population on our ICU and having the option of mobilizing them in a way that is helpful and assistive to staff while instilling confidence in the patient and family is great. We’re still working to figure out our ideal workflow but it’s given us concrete examples of how even our sicker vented patients can get mobilized safely and efficiently.”
“After completing a research study with the LIVENGOOD mobi on our post trauma/surgical floor, I realized its potential to decrease length of stay, help with staff efficiency and empower patients to be independent.”
“We are so excited that the mobi helped us ambulate our very first vented patient.”
“The LIVENGOOD mobi is very user friendly, safe and a great solution to use minimal staff and be able to contain all of the patient’s equipment.”
“I think the LIVENGOOD mobi will revolutionize the way we mobilize patients in the ICU. I saw patients mobilize sooner and with less anxiety with the mobi. One young patient was even able to walk outside with the mobi and her portable vent. Having the mobi made mobility a real team effort, not just a P.T. activity.”
“The LIVENGOOD platform allows my patients to be active and independent without attention being diverted to multiple lines, an oxygen tank, and other medically necessary devices. It allows patients to have hope and a sense of “normalcy”, which so often is lost after trauma or surgery.”
“Six years ago I was introduced to the LIVENGOOD mobi. This piece of equipment has been life changing for my patients. I am now able to consolidate all of the patient’s medical devices onto an easy to push mobile platform, therefore freeing up both of my hands to safely assist my patient.”
“Mobility is Life, the mobi platform will help patients move again.”
“I was at NTI in Boston (2013) and, during the exhibit portion, I wandered across the LIVENGOOD booth. At that moment, I knew our hospital needed this mobi for our open heart recovery program. I worked with a Clinical Nurse Specialist to write a grant for this product. I am so excited to bring the mobi to our program.”
“We walked a vented patient with the mobi and it was awesome! This helped her physically and emotionally.”
“I am a nurse in a cardiovascular ICU… Our goal for patients is to ambulate to the chair 2 hours after extubation, often the evening of surgery day. Our patients are up and walking with central venous catheters, swan ganz catheters, chest tubes, foley catheters, and with IV medications infusing. The ambulation of these patients would not be possible without the mobi walker. Every bit of equipment that these patients need can be carried on the walker while providing the stability of a standard walker… It is an essential piece of equipment for us and we couldn’t provide the care and therapies we do without it.”
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