International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health
Vol.5 (2),pp. 20-24, February 2018
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IRJPEH/
Article 18/ID/JPRH006/05 pages
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Original Research Article
Physiotherapy intervention after intubation in pediatric patients
K. Tsaridou1, M. Sdougka2, E. Volakli2, E. Varsamidou1, T. Apostolou1, K. Varsamidis1,I P. Chatziprodromidou*3 and A. Hristara1
1Department of Physiotherapy Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
2Children’s Intensive Care Unit of Ippokratio General Hospital of Thessaloniki, Greece
3Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Patras, Greece.
*Corresponding Author Email: ioannachatzi(at)msn.com
The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of respiratory physiotherapy after the extubation of children that were treated in the intensive care unit, based on vital parameters’ values. The study was conducted in Intensive care unit of Ippokratio General Hospital of Thessaloniki. 22 children with different admission diagnosis met the selection criteria of this research. The study concerned the medical treatment of those children in their first and second 24 hours after extubation and implementation of respiratory physiotherapy techniques, with simultaneous change of position. Vital parameters of the monitor were recorded and analyzed before and after the physiotherapy session. Physiotherapy intervention affected vital parameters, like oxygen levels and respirations. The endurance of patients increased and exercises could be applied in the maximum duration and in multiple positions. Increase in the needs of the patients for endotracheal suction was also recorded because of liquidation of secretions that were forward to the upper airways. As an outcome of the above the time of hospitalization was decreased and there was a quicker discharge from the Intensive care units. It was observed that respiratory physiotherapy has beneficial effect in children patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit.
Key words: Intensive care unit, airway extubation, children, respiratory physiotherapy, respiratory technique