Data in the literature strongly supports the importance of early and frequent mobilization of the patient in the ICU environment, However, treating in the ICU can be quite intimidating, especially to the novice and even sometimes the experienced physical therapist. Medically complex patients challenge therapists to use high level clinical decision making skills to ensure optimal patient treatment while maintaining patient safety. This course will provide therapists with an overview of examination and treatment tools that can be used to optimize patient outcomes while maintaining safety and efficiency in a highly complex medical environment.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to
1. Describe at least 3 sources of literature and data that support early mobilization in the ICU.
2. Define the role and importance of interdisciplinary communication in the ICU.
3. Describe at least 2 lab values significant to the ICU environment that relate to medical rehabilitation.
4. Correctly evaluate whether or not it is safe to mobilize a patient in the ICU environment by using clinical decision guidelines.
5. Identify 2 objective measures that can be used in the ICU environment to monitor patient progress and outcomes.
6. Define at least 5 monitoring (basic & advanced), airways, and/or lines found in the ICU environment.
7. Discriminate at least 3 lab values important to consider prior to mobilizing patients with intra aortic balloon pumps, ECMO, Ventricular assist devices and/or other advance equipment
8. Based on course content, describe each of the parameters (pulse rate, pulse duration, duty cycle, intensity, treatment duration) used to perform functional electrical stimulation with patients in the the ICU
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