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COURSE # 11: Management of the Acutely-ill Patients in the ICU Environment: What Therapists Need to Know - DR. WILLIAM DETURK


Dr William DeTurk PhD, PT

Course Description

The Intensive Care Unit offers unique challenges to the practicing physical therapist.  The array of lines, tubes and monitoring devices can be intimidating.  Treatment interventions may be limited by the environment.  Because patients tend to be less stable, therapists need to recognize sudden changes in patient status and respond to them quickly.  For all these reasons, most therapists need additional orientation and training not provided by entry-level physical therapy programs or on-site facilities. This two-day course will provide a comprehensive overview of the Intensive Care Unit environment. Detailed information on equipment that the therapist is likely to encounter will be provided, together with select interventions appropriate to this patient population. Underlying concepts and principles will be presented which will enhance the clinician's knowledge base. Skills and understanding will be obtained through lecture, videotape presentations and laboratory practice sessions. Case studies will pull together and summarize course components. Instruction will include review and analysis of relevant topics including Intensive Care Unit orientation, lines and tubes, ECG and pressure monitoring devices, and mechanical ventilators. Participants will also gain knowledge in patient evaluation skills including select heart and lung sounds, and patient management skills including endotracheal suctioning, chest physical therapy techniques, and use of adjunctive therapies including oxygenation/humidification. Emphasis will be placed on clinical decision-making.  This course is designed for participants with a basic to intermediate level of experience.

Contact Hours

Upon completion of this course, participants will be given a certificate of attendance for 1.5 CEUs for Georgia. This course has been approved by Physical Therapy Association of Georgia for 1.5 CEUs. This course was previously approved by Florida Physical Therapy Association for 18.0 CEH. Learning and Training Center is an approved provider for Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Contact your state board for specific filing requirements.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the purpose of select lines and tubes and pressure monitoring devices that would likely be encountered in the ICU setting; 

  • Evaluate and interpret select ECG rhythm strips that would likely be encountered in the ICU setting;

  • Describe contemporary mechanical ventilators, including modes and features; describe therapist’s interaction with them;

  • Identify examination procedures used to evaluate patients on mechanical ventilation, including vitals and select heart and lung sounds;  

  • Interpret and evaluate ABG lab reports and other lab values and develop appropriate clinical responses;

  • Identify and describe the purpose of select oxygenation and humidification systems;

  • Demonstrate effective percussion, vibration techniques and facilitate effective coughing appropriate to the ICU setting;

  • Describe the purpose and procedure of endotracheal suctioning;

  • Identify patients in the ICU who can benefit from early mobilization and ambulation training.

  • Discuss the contraindications and activity modifications for patients with various equipment and lines in the ICU

  • Identify normal and abnormal responses from patient/client during activity/exercise and recognize signs of patient discomfort and the need to modify/terminate treatment

Course Agenda




7:30 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

Anatomy and Physiology of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary System

9:00 a.m.

Mechanics of Breathing and mechanism of oxygen transport; Cardiopulmonary Response to Activity and Exercise

9:30 a.m.


9:45 a.m.

Immobility in ICU and Physiological Consequences; Pathophysiology of

Intensive Care Unit Acquired Weakness; Multisystem Disorders

10:45 a.m.

Lines and Tubes in the ICU

12:00 noon

Lunch (On your own)

1:00 p.m.

Monitoring Devices: Pressure monitoring, EKG Monitoring

2:30 p.m.

Telemetry, Analysis and Interpretation of EKG

3:30 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

Laboratory Values: Assessment & Interpretation of blood chemistry, sputum, Arterial Blood Gases

5:30 p.m.





7:30 a.m.

Assessment of Critically Ill Patients in ICU – select heart & lung sounds

8:30 a.m.

Management of Patients with Mechanical Ventilation

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Respiratory Care: Broncho-pulmonary hygiene, Ventilatory Muscle Training

11:45 a.m.

Lunch (on your own)

12:30 p.m.

Patients with Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism:

Assessment and Appropriate Handling

1:30 p.m.

Medications Commonly Used in ICU and Their Side Effects: Implications for the Therapists

2:00 p.m.

Case Studies on Critically Ill Patients: Analysis and Plan of Care

3:00 p.m.

Summary: Discussion and Questions

3:30 p.m.



Upcoming Classes

Atlanta/Peachtree City, GAJune 24 - 25, 2017
Registration Deadline : June 21, 2017

Registration deadline extended to Wednesday (June 21) without late fee.


Hilton Garden Inn
2010 North Comerce Drive
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Ph: 678-827-8400

Upon completion of this course all PTs, PTAs, OTs, and OTAs will receive a certificate of completion for 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours). This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia for 1.5 CEUs. This course is also approved by AOTA for 1.5CEUs. The Learning and Training Center is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education (AOTA Provider Number is 5184)

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