Rehabilitation is an integral part of the management of patients inIntensive Care Units (ICUs).The most important aim in this area isto enhance the patient's overall functional capacity and to restorehis/her respiratory and physical independence, thus decreasing the risks of bed-rest and associated complications.The evidence for applying a weaning protocol and physiotherapytechniques (postures, percussion/vibration, limb exercise, and active mobilization) in these patients has proved to be effective according to the application rationale of each process. However, todate, there are only strong recommendations concerning the evidence-based strategies to speed weaning from mechanical ventilation.Early physiotherapy may be effective in the ICU: nonetheless,most techniques need to be further studied in a wider population.In particular, evidence supporting physiotherapy interventionsis limited as there are no studies examining the specific effectsof interventions on long-term outcomes.

Commencing rehabilitation in the ICU / Clini, Enrico; F., Degli Antoni; Costi, Stefania; L., Trianni. - In: MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESPIRATORY MEDICINE. - ISSN 1828-695X. - ELETTRONICO. - 3 (3):(2008), pp. 207-210.

Commencing rehabilitation in the ICU.

CLINI, Enrico;COSTI, Stefania;
2008

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Rehabilitation is an integral part of the management of patients inIntensive Care Units (ICUs).The most important aim in this area isto enhance the patient's overall functional capacity and to restorehis/her respiratory and physical independence, thus decreasing the risks of bed-rest and associated complications.The evidence for applying a weaning protocol and physiotherapytechniques (postures, percussion/vibration, limb exercise, and active mobilization) in these patients has proved to be effective according to the application rationale of each process. However, todate, there are only strong recommendations concerning the evidence-based strategies to speed weaning from mechanical ventilation.Early physiotherapy may be effective in the ICU: nonetheless,most techniques need to be further studied in a wider population.In particular, evidence supporting physiotherapy interventionsis limited as there are no studies examining the specific effectsof interventions on long-term outcomes.
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Commencing rehabilitation in the ICU / Clini, Enrico; F., Degli Antoni; Costi, Stefania; L., Trianni. - In: MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESPIRATORY MEDICINE. - ISSN 1828-695X. - ELETTRONICO. - 3 (3):(2008), pp. 207-210.
Clini, Enrico; F., Degli Antoni; Costi, Stefania; L., Trianni
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