Physiotherapists are the real healers. Physiotherapists are playing a very important role in treating critically ill Intensive care patients. Intensive care unit-acquired muscle weakness is a frequently observed complication of critical illness, occurring in approximately 50 pc of intensive care patients. There is growing evidence that suggests that early physiotherapy interventions like the stimulation of activities and mobilisation in critically ill ICU patients may influence or even prevent physical impairments. There is a need to create awareness of the role played by physiotherapists.
In fact, Physiotherapists offer a host of treatments for respiratory complications including the application of non-invasive ventilation and exercise and rehabilitation for the prevention and management of intensive care acquired Complications and deconditioning associated with immobility. Critically ill patients often develop neuromuscular disorders such as Critical Illness Polyneuropathy (CIP) and Critical Illness Myopathy (CIM) called Intensive Care Unit Acquired Complications. Clinically, they manifest as limb and respiratory muscle weakness, leading to delays in mobilization and prolongation of hospitalization. “We should always remember that Physiotherapy is an important intervention that prevents and mitigates the adverse effects of prolonged bed rest and mechanical ventilation during critical illness”.
Writer – Dr. Shatrunjay Sharan