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Intensive Care Unit

The therapists in the new state-of-the-art intensive care unit (ICU) are specially trained to treat patients who have complex medical issues and those who require mechanical ventilation to breathe.

During an admission to the ICU, a physical therapist may be asked to see a patient to begin early mobility and prevent complications associated with bedrest. Activities range from exercises in bed to walking in the halls depending on a person’s physical strength and medical condition. The patient’s family is often asked to participate in the patient’s care by coaching the patient in exercises to regain strength and by performing passive range of motion as instructed by the therapist.

Occupational therapy may also be consulted to address activities of daily living such as grooming and feeding, functional transfers and splinting to prevent changes in hand function that can occur during critical illness.

Speech language pathologists assesses the patient’s swallow function after extubation in order to make appropriate diet recommendations and provides treatment for cognitive-linguistic deficits as needed.

This interdisciplinary team works closely with intensive care physicians and nurses to progress the care of critically ill patients and maximize their functional independence.


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