Physiotherapy in the intensive care unit
CITATION: Hanekom, S. 2016. Physiotherapy in the intensive care unit. Southern African Journal of Critical Care, 32(1):3-4, doi:10.7196/SAJCC.2016.v32i1.293.
The original publication is available at http://www.sajcc.org.za
ENGLISH SUMMARY : 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. 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.