Intensive Care Unit

Physical therapists primarily serve in a consultative role in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs). All physical therapists assigned to the ICU have an advanced level of skill and knowledge in order to treat this critically ill patient population. They are available to conduct comprehensive initial assessments and monitor and reassess a patient's progress as appropriate. Often, they will assist the nursing staff with getting a patient out of bed for the first time. The therapist educates nurses and families to properly position and/or exercise critically ill patients while they are required to be in bed. They also work closely with the treatment team to help patients manage their airway secretions and breathe independently by performing chest physical therapy, if indicated.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

A physical therapist is available to provide consultation to infants and their parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She is available to conduct developmental assessments and to recommend strategies to both nursing staff and to parents that will encourage normal infant development. This physical therapist works closely with an occupational therapist as part of the rehabilitation consult team.