GUEST COLUMN: Physiotherapy In Metabolic Dysfunctions In Icu: An Upraising Need - N.VENKATESH, T.SENTHIL KUMAR, S.SRIDEVI

INTRODUCTION: The role of physiotherapy in the management of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) has been growing with changing trends. Initially, physiotherapy was applied for bronchial hygiene alone, for selective patients requiring prolonged stay in ICU. Every treatment technique has been tested over time for their utility (Stiller K,2000). Along with advancements in life saving methods and life prolonging medications, many patients do survive in the ICU for a longer period but with severe and/or multiple dysfunctions. The demands placed on the physiotherapist for such patients, forms importance in eliciting beneficial effects amidst the due limitations. It is therefore imperative for all physiotherapists to be abreast of developments in such a challenging arena to provide comprehensive treatment and contemplate therapy to the needy.

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