Critical illness is a medical condition that impairs one or more vital organ system, jeopardizing the patient’s survival. Patients with chronic critical illness experience profound deterioration of function and quality of life, and their families are faced with major emotional and financial burdens.
The role of a physical therapist in the intensive care unit (ICU) has been established with regard to airway clearance. A survey in India found that more than 94% of therapists are involved in various forms of bronchial hygiene. Compared to this, only about 50-70% were ambulating patients in the ICU  which shows that there is a lacuna with regard to our practice in rehabilitating patients in the ICU.
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