Early physical and occupational therapy in mechanically ventilated, critically ill patients: a randomized controlled trial, Schweickert, Lancet, May 2009
Schweickert, et al. | The Lancet | 2009

This randomized trial evaluated the impact of physical and occupational therapy on function outcomes in mechanically vented patients in the ICU. Of 104 patients, 59% returned to independent functional status at discharge in the intervention arm compared with 35% in the control arm. Patients in the intervention arm also had shorter duration of delirium (P=0.02) and more ventilator-free days (P=0.05) compared to the control arm. Discontinuation due to patient instability occurred in 4% of all therapy sessions.

  • Care Settings: Acute Care
  • Clinical Focus: Early Mobility
  • Reference: Schweickert, et al. Lancet. 2009;373(9678):1874-1882.