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Physiotherapy in Intensive Care/High Dependancy Unit


What we do

People can remain in intensive care for prolonged times, usually in bed, which can lead to muscle weakness, including the muscles used to breath. Muscle wasting, joint-pain and stiffness are risks facing patients as they recover from a critical illness. Physiotherapists will assess patients in critical care for breathing difficulties or coughing, using techniques to help bring up phlegm and to make breathing easier. Physios will assist patients in breathing independently, and help keep their chests clear of mucus to prevent lung infections. Physios also aid physical recovery, encouraging patients to sit, stand and walk as early as possible.

Who is it for?

All patients requiring the service admitted to Critical Care/High Dependancy Unit. These patients will also be followed up onto the wards to continue rehabilitation

Can anyone use this service?

All patients requiring the service admitted to Critical Care/High Dependancy Unit.

What to expect

If you have been critically ill, you were most likely asleep or sedated when the physiotherapist first assessed you. Usually the physio will have listened to your breathing and moved your limbs to assess the impact of your illness or injuries. As you recover, your physio will work with you and the intensive care team aiming to get you back on your feet and well enough to move to another ward in the hospital. You may be very weak and tire easily but your physio will be very knowledgeable, and will set goals with you to help with your recovery.

Contact us

Hospital contact details
Prince Charles Hospital Jonathan Murphy Team Leader Gurnos Estate Merthyr Tydfil CF48 9DT 01685 728703 Royal Glamorgan Hospital Dominic Anderson Ynysmaerdy Llantrisant CF72 8XR 01443 443443 Princess of Wales Hospital Coity Road Bridgend CF31 1RQ  

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