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WEBINAR: Practical Learning for Physical Rehabilitation in the ICU During COVID-19 Pandemic
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WEBINAR: Practical Learning for Physical Rehabilitation in the ICU During COVID-19 Pandemic

When: Wed. Oct. 21, 2020
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Eastern
Where: Zoom Webinars
United States
Contact: Kelly Zoller

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Practical Learning for Physical Rehabilitation in the ICU During COVID-19 Pandemic


10/20/20: We have increased the Zoom Webinars participant capacity to allow more of you to register for and participate in this webinar! 

Registration Fee:

  • APTA Acute Care Members: FREE as a Member Benefit
  • Non-Members: $25

Webinar Recording & Certificate of Attendance:

If you can't attend live, the recording will be available by Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22 in the APTA Acute Care Online Store. The fee will be the same as the live webinar. 

We do NOT apply for CEU approval for webinars, however your state licensure may allow credits for this education activity. We do provide a certificate of attendance, which will be sent to you within two business days following the webinar. You will need to contact the agency or organization in your state, which handles your professional licensure, in order to determine whether credit is available for webinars, and without applications for approval. 

About the Webinar:

COVID-19 increases the need for trained Physical Therapists to provide rehabilitation for critically ill patients. This course provides an update on basic COVID-19 pathophysiology and guides the participants through teaching strategies despite the challenges COVID-19 precautions mandate. 

This will be a case-based session to allow participants to practice problem solving the following scenarios: 
  • Can we start mobilizing this patient safely? 
  • How appropriate is this patient for mobility while mechanically ventilated? 
  • What might be the best system to manage ICU equipment during mobilization?  
  • Who is part of the multi-professional team needed to mobilize an ICU patient? 

The participants will observe assessing the patient for delirium, understanding what medications the patient has running through the IV, and consider how the ventilator will impact the treatment, as well as problem solve how to mobilize a patient with an endotracheal tube intubation. A written handout reviewing teaching points and tools for the learners will be provided to participants.

Learning Objectives


1. Clinical Reasoning:  

  • Comprehend basic COVID-19 pathophysiology. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of when ICU equipment is a barrier to mobility and when not. 
  • Understand if patient medications are prohibitive for mobility. 
  • Discuss trends in vital signs and medical course of the patient plus potential complications during mobility to watch out for, such as orthostatic response to activity or bleeding at catheter sites. 
2. Patient Care:  
  • Understand management of ICU lines and equipment prior to and during mobilization activity. 
  • Suggest appropriate safe patient handling equipment for activity.

3. Professionalism, Interpersonal and Communication Skills:  

  • Understand vital components of pre-mobility conversations in the ICU setting with colleagues. 
  • Develop an ability to interact with the patient and family for patients RASS -3 to +1 and endotracheal tube. 
  • Discuss how to incorporate family before and during mobilization activity.  

Presented by:


Heidi Engel, PT, DPT
Critical Care Clinical Specialist
UCSF Department of Rehabilitative Services

Heidi Engel has been a physical therapist for 33 years and works at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. She has worked in the ICU at UCSF since October 2008, and over the course of her career has worked in every Acute care PT service, as well as outpatients and home health settings. She received the UCSF Outstanding Colleague of Nursing Award in 2012, a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and the American Physical Therapy Association Jack Walker Award for Research Excellence in 2014. She currently teaches at UCSF, conducts research in ICU Rehabilitation, has given over 75 presentations outside of UCSF, and is an author on 13 peer reviewed publications. She is a founding member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine ICU Liberation Campaign.

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