University Hospital of Wales Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Guideline Printed on Wed 23-jul-08
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Role of Physiotherapy in PCCU

Children within our critical care and high dependency units are routinely assessed by the physiotherapy team twice a day to aid in their assessment and treatment, we also provide a 24/7 emergency on-call service.
Physiotherapy may be required for many reasons for patient within this setting including:

Types of physiotherapy indicated would be based on assessment and be individual to each child’s needs.

Respiratory physiotherapy

A large part of the role of physiotherapy within the critical care setting is it to help in the removal of secretions and maintenance of clear airways. The patients we see may be breathing independently, requiring some support or are intubated and ventilated. Respiratory physiotherapy input within the critical care setting may include:

Rehab Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists help with early rehabilitation to promote the maintenance of strength and range of movement. This may include the introduction of an exercise programme such as positioning, passive movements and stretches as well as the provision of specialist seating and splinting as indicated. Parents and carers will be shown how to carry on with some of these activities so that they are actively involved in their child’s care and rehabilitation. 


Kirsty Foster and Natalie Gragasin
Specialist Physiotherapists

May 2017