Guest Editorial

Physiotherapy in the intensive care unit

Susan Hanekom

Abstract


While physiotherapy has been recommended by scientific societies as
integral to the management of critically ill patients, great variation has
been reported in the role of the physiotherapist in the intensive care unit
(ICU), the service provided and the techniques used.[1] Clearly, this may
impact on patient outcome. In a bid to address these variations, ICU
physiotherapists have taken the initiative to drive a research agenda and
to standardise clinical pathways to facilitate optimal patient outcome.

 


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Susan Hanekom, Physiotherapy Stellenbosch University

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Keywords

Physiotherapy, ICU, intensive care unit

Cite this article

Southern African Journal of Critical Care 2016;32(1):3. DOI:10.7196/SAJCC.2016.v32i1.293

Article History

Date submitted: 2016-07-18
Date published: 2016-07-26

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