Waitematā DHB Physiotherapy - Inpatients
Public Service, Allied Health
Intensive Care Unit/High Dependency Unit
When you are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or High Dependency Unit (HDU), a physiotherapist may be involved in your care to help minimise your risk of developing complications such as chest infections, joint stiffness or generalised weakness as well as treat conditions as required. This may involve education, positioning, chest physiotherapy exercises for respiratory or musculoskeletal concerns, exercise programmes, sitting out in a chair and progression of your walking.
When you leave the ICU or HDU, you may receive ongoing physiotherapy input on one of the hospital wards.
At the end of your time in hospital, if you require ongoing physiotherapy input, your physiotherapist will discuss this with you and refer accordingly.