Physiotherapists form an integral part of our multi-disciplinary team in critical care.
Physical rehabilitation and optimising respiratory function can make an enormous difference to recovery after major injury, illness, or surgery. Physiotherapy is a vital part of regaining normal movement and mobilisation, as well as preventing common complications such as blood clots and chest infections. Patients will often be pushed to their recovery limits, but not beyond, as we strive to achieve early recovery and rehabilitation after critical illness.
Our physiotherapy team assess all patients on critical care and formulate appropriate management plans with regards to both respiratory function and rehabilitation. Wherever possible these are based on goals agreed with each individual patient.
The critical care physiotherapy team also liaise with ward physiotherapy teams across the hospital, including major trauma rehabilitation, neuro-rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. This ensures a continuous pathway from critical care to ward, to hospital discharge.