Practice patterns of physiotherapists in neonatal intensive care units: A national survey

Tejas Chokshi, Gopala Krishna Alaparthi, Shyam Krishna Krishnan, K. Vaishali, C. P.Z. Zulfeequer

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Objective: To determine practice pattern of physiotherapists in the neonatal intensive care units (ICUs) in India with regards to cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular physiotherapy. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted across India, in which 285 questionnaires were sent via e-mail to physiotherapists working in neonatal intensive care units. Results: A total of 139 completed questionnaires were returned with a response rate of 48.7%, with a majority of responses from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat. More than 90% of physiotherapists performed chest physiotherapy in neonatal ICUs. Chest physiotherapy assessment predominantly focused on vital parameter assessment (86%) and in treatment predominantly focused on percussion (74.1%), vibration (75.5%), chest manipulation (73.3%), postural drainage (67.6%) and suction (65.4%). In neuromuscular physiotherapy more than 60% of physiotherapists used positioning, and parent education, whereas more than 45% focused on passive range of motion exercise and therapeutic handling. Conclusion: The practice pattern of physiotherapists for neonates in neonatal intensive care units involves both chest physiotherapy as well neuromuscular physiotherapy. Chest physiotherapy assessment focused mainly on vital parameter assessment (heart rate, respiratory rate and partial pressure of oxygen saturation SpO 2 ). Treatment focused on airway clearance techniques including percussion, vibration, postural drainage and airway suction. In neuromuscular physiotherapy most physiotherapists focused on parent education and passive range of motion exercise, therapeutic handling, as well as positioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-366
Number of pages8
JournalIndian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2013

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Physical Therapists
Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Thorax
Postural Drainage
Percussion
Suction
Articular Range of Motion
Vibration
India
Exercise
Education
Partial Pressure
Postal Service
Therapeutics
Respiratory Rate
Surveys and Questionnaires
Cross-Sectional Studies
Heart Rate
Newborn Infant
Oxygen

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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Chokshi, Tejas ; Alaparthi, Gopala Krishna ; Krishnan, Shyam Krishna ; Vaishali, K. ; Zulfeequer, C. P.Z. / Practice patterns of physiotherapists in neonatal intensive care units : A national survey. In: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine. 2013 ; Vol. 17, No. 6. pp. 359-366.
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Practice patterns of physiotherapists in neonatal intensive care units : A national survey. / Chokshi, Tejas; Alaparthi, Gopala Krishna; Krishnan, Shyam Krishna; Vaishali, K.; Zulfeequer, C. P.Z.

In: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 17, No. 6, 01.12.2013, p. 359-366.

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