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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Part I: Understanding ICU Monitoring

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Part I: Understanding ICU Monitoring     $74.88

This lecture is part of the following course:
From Vent to Rehab: Treatment of the ICU Patient


Recent research has demonstrated the benefits of early activity in the ICU patient. Many hospitals are integrating this research and referring the ICU patient to PT for early activity. In this first part of a two-part series, Dr. Hillegass discusses the essentials in ICU monitoring, including lines, tubes and ventilators.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

Contact Hours: 2.50


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between invasive and non-invasive monitoring.
  2. Identify at least 10 invasive monitors or devices often used in the ICU.
  3. Discuss four common procedures ICU patients may have undergone: Angioplasty and stents, CABG procedures, median sternotomy, and abdominal aortic aneursymectomy.
  4. Theorize how each of these four common procedures would affect a patient's treatment and mobility.
  5. Read a patient's ventilator and understand the ventilator settings.
  6. Given a patient on a ventilator, identify why the patient needs ventilation and the complications that can occur from mechanical ventilation.
  7. Given a patient on a ventilator, deduce when the patient is ready to be weaned from the ventilator.
  8. Identify seven non-invasive methods of oxygen delivery.
  9. Explain how the hemodynamic instability of a patient can cause limitations in mobility.


The professor of this course has NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the materials discussed in this presentation.

Financial: Dr. Hillegass receives compensation as the professor of this course. She is the editor of the popular, entry-level textbook Essentials in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and has written several chapters and articles on cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Dr. Hillegass is also an adjunct professor in the Departments of Physical Therapy at both Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, and a founder of and teacher for, a site that provides continuing education webinars for physical therapists.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Hillegass is an active member of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a previous chair of the legislation and reimbursement committee.

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