Physical Rehabilitation in the ICU

Authors

  • Md Shah Zaman Khan Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabiltation, BIRDEM General Hospital
  • Abul Khair Ahmed Zaman Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabiltation, BIRDEM General Hospital
  • AKM Asad Ud Doza Medical Officer, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabiltation, BIRDEM General Hospital

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https://doi.org/10.3329/bccj.v3i2.25113

Abstract

Intensive care unit (ICU) based rehabilitation has become an important evidence-based component in the management of patients with critical illness. In addition to critical illness, prolonged bed rest and immobility may lead to severe physical deconditioning and loss of muscle mass and muscle weakness. Intensive care unit acquired weakness is associated with increased duration of mechanical ventilation and weaning, longer ICU and hospital stay, and increased mortality. These physical impairments may last for years after ICU discharge. Early Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) interventions in the ICU may attenuate or prevent the weakness and physical impairments occurring during critical illness. This article reviews the effects of prolong bed rest and inactivity, early PM&R interventions, their safety, feasibility, benefits and future directions for early PM&R in the ICU.

Bangladesh Crit Care J September 2015; 3 (2): 63-66

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Md Shah Zaman Khan, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabiltation, BIRDEM General Hospital



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Published

2015-09-22

How to Cite

Khan, M. S. Z., Zaman, A. K. A., & Doza, A. A. U. (2015). Physical Rehabilitation in the ICU. Bangladesh Critical Care Journal, 3(2), 63–66. https://doi.org/10.3329/bccj.v3i2.25113

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