Created: June 17, 2016
Patricia Ohtake PT, PhD; James Smith PT, DPT; Alan Chong Lee PT, DPT, PhD, CWS, GCS; Jacqueline Coffey Scott MSLS | Reviewed by Sharon Gorman PT, DPTSc, FNAP, GCS; Daniel Malone PT, PhD, CCS
Patients with serious illness or injury are often admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) for specialized care. Intensive care unit-acquired weakness is a syndrome of generalized limb weakness. Rehabilitation interventions by physical therapists are safe and feasible for patients in respiratory, medical, surgical, burn and trauma, and neurosurgical ICUs. The purpose of this clinical summary is to highlight the physical therapist's contributions to examination, prognosis, and intervention as well as collaboration with other members of the health care team for patients in the ICU.