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#1 Monday 1st of May 2017 18:22

sandra
Moderator

OT in ICU and Critical Care

This is a topic of interest to occupational therapists working in Canada. I look forward to the discussions about this.

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#2 Friday 5th of May 2017 14:49

jharris
Member

Re: OT in ICU and Critical Care

sandra wrote:

This is a topic of interest to occupational therapists working in Canada. I look forward to the discussions about this.

Hello everyone!

I am so glad, together with Jocelyn, to be able to open up this discussion space for all of us who are committed to working in meaningful ways with clients and families coping with intensive and critical care experiences. I had never focused on this area during my own career until relatively recently.  I was presented with personal situations that demanded my engagement in and understanding of what it means to be in an ICU. At the same time, a good physiotherapy colleague and I found ourselves discussing often about what are the missing opportunities for patients and families to benefit from occupational therapy services that never seem to be offered in the critical care context.  Yes, we work with physiotherapists and other colleagues in delivering more traditional and recognizable rehabilitative services, but some of our less familiar or visible skills we possess as occupational therapists rarely have the chance to share in that environment.

A scoping review about OT in the ICU was completed; presentations have been given about the findings and a publication is poised on the brink of being submitted. From these exciting actions, Jocelyn and I decided to contact every occupational therapist that had contacted us over the past two years and then explore the idea of joining OTION with a discussion board and space for Working in Critical Care.  Our vision of where this can take us includes collaborations in publications and research, as well as investing in the evolution of a clear and powerful role for our profession in supporting people faced with the mysteries and fears of critical care environments.

Sue Baptiste

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#3 Friday 26th of May 2017 04:04

ClareJ1
Member

Re: OT in ICU and Critical Care

Dear Colleagues,
Greeting from New Zealand. I have worked in ICU since 2010 and decided to focus on occupation for the long stay ICU patients. I am looking forward to learning about all the contributions our profession can make in this emerging area of practice as at times I have felt like my work in ICU varies greatly from what I read about in the literature.
Regards
Clare Jamieson(NZROT)

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#4 Friday 26th of May 2017 17:20

jharris
Member

Re: OT in ICU and Critical Care

Hi Clare,
I recently spoke to an OT who covers ICU and she commented on her divided focus of those in critical care who have long stay due to bed blockage elsewhere in the hospital.  This is usually due to ongoing need of ventilation - here in Canada we are often restricted in how many places can provide appropriate care level for these individuals. 

It might be an interesting project/study to look specifically at the OT role with those long stay individuals.

Jocelyn

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#5 Thursday 1st of June 2017 07:20

SSHAR4
Member

Re: OT in ICU and Critical Care

Hello Fellow OTs,

I am very excited to see our global OT professional organization to be focussing on this highly critical practice are in acute care setting! Many many congratulations to Sue and Jocelyn!
My practice in ICUs started as a relatively new OT grad in 2011-2012 and it was an amazing learning curve to be switching gears from cardiovascular and pulmonary ICUs to Medical ICUs. I recall craving to gather information and guidance to provide appropriate care for my patients. I found that mentorship and ICU specialization certifications may be great pathways to provide enriching experiences for those clinicians involved and interested in this area.
With a few years of getting my feet wet in the setting and continuing to explore available research, I found plethora of information in medical research that primarily included physical therapy measures and treatments and a very few indicated the mention of OT contribution. That networking also let me to reaching out to Sue and Michelle Kho (PT) in Canada. Even though due to life circumstances, I just started working at a Skilled Nursing Facility setting, my heart is still in acute care (ICUs).
I am zealous to be a part of this forum and look forward to great discussions and exchange of knowledge base and experiences.

Kind regards and Cheers to all
Shubhangi Sharma (USA)

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#6 Tuesday 13th of June 2017 18:12

NickMorrison
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Re: OT in ICU and Critical Care

Hello everyone,

My name is Nick Morrison from Hamilton (Canada) and I have been working in physical rehabilitation since 2013 in an ICU setting as well as most recently in augmentative and alternative communication this year. Very excited to be a part of this forum and thanks to Sue and Jocelyn for organizing this opportunity!

In regards to your comment Jocelyn, I definitely see some strong research potential for these patients. I have had one patient with bulbar ALS that has been living on my unit for two years come September and is still on the wait list for ventilator dependent placement. It really is a unique experience where the patient's residence has become the hospital and what that means for the individual.

Nick

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