Pediatric Rehabilitation and Critical Care: a Therapeutic Partnership

Frank S. Pidcock

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Purpose of review: The number of children in intensive care units (ICU) who survive critical illness or injury is increasing. Reduction of complications and improvement in outcome may be facilitated by early rehabilitation-oriented interventions and transition to an intensive pediatric rehabilitation unit when medically appropriate. Recent findings: Early mobilization in the adult ICU has been identified as a contributing factor to improving outcomes. This intervention is being introduced in pediatric ICUs and practice guidelines for implementation are being developed. Timely and coordinated transfers to a pediatric intensive rehabilitation unit to continue functional recovery and to prepare for community reintegration are also important to providing optimal care. Summary: Introducing rehabilitation input and practices into the pediatric ICU environment is feasible and safe. A coordinated process for moving patients from the pediatric ICU to an intensive rehabilitation unit requires clear communication with families about expected goals and expectations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 15 2019


  • Children
  • Critical care
  • Early mobilization
  • Intensive care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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