About our service
The physiotherapy team on critical care use a variety of specialised skills and knowledge to reduce the impact of critical illness and aid patients during their recovery. The effects of critical illness can include a loss of muscle strength, reduced mobility and reduced function of activities of daily living.
The physiotherapy team includes qualified physiotherapists and support staff who assist in mobilisation out of bed, weaning from ventilation and encouraging patients to participate in meaningful exercise and rehabilitation programmes to help them in their recovery and reduce the impact of critical illness. Physiotherapists are involved in the rehabilitation of patients on critical care from admission through to discharge into the community and are an integral part of the wider critical care rehabilitation team.
Physiotherapists also work with patients who have specific respiratory problems and offer specialised treatments to help optimise respiratory function including breathing exercises and airway clearance techniques.
Physiotherapists also work with patients who undergo surgery and are admitted to critical care post operatively to encourage early mobilisation and chest care.