Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) include all the other professional groups that make up the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) that together provide comprehensive care to the patients within critical care. The main groups include:

 

Physiotherapists

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The lead physiotherapist in ITU is Elizabeth Millward

A team of physiotherapists work on ITU every day where they have three main areas of expertise:

  • Chest clearance

Patients on a ventilator are at risk from chest infections as they are less able to clear secretions from their lungs. The physiotherapist will assess each patient’s chest daily and help them to clear secretions if necessary.

  • Weaning from the ventilator

The physiotherapist will assist with a weaning programme, aiming to strengthen the patient’s breathing muscles so that they gradually get strong enough to breathe for themselves.

  • Rehabilitation

Many patients who are unwell for more than a few days can become very weak. The physiotherapist will assist these patients with a programme of exercises to loosen up stiff joints and strengthen all their muscles. The patient will be assisted to sit out of bed, stand and even walk as soon as they are able. Your relative may require further rehabilitation and their needs and progress will be regularly reviewed as part of our specialised rehabilitation pathway.

 

Dietician

Lead Dietitian for Critical Care - Caroline Goodger

The role of the ICU dietitian is to work as part of the multidisciplinary ICU team to ensure optimal nutrition of the critically ill patient. Malnutrition in critical illness can lead to increased morbidity and mortality so the provision of timely nutrition is imperative. The ICU dietitian is the suitably qualified member of the ICU team to help ensure patients receive specific nutritional care.

The dietitian will consider the most appropriate route of feeding and suitable timing of nutrition support, assess the patients individual nutritional needs, monitor fluid and electrolyte status and blood glucose control. Based on the information obtained the dietitian advises on the type of enteral or parenteral product to use or the most suitable oral diet.

The dietitian will also participate in nutritional training and education within the ICU and assist development and review of relevent guidelines and protocols.

The ICU dietitian will also undertake audit and research

 

Pharmacists

 

Lead Pharmacist for Critical Care

Pharmacists are allied health professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use. Pharmacists undergo university-level education to understand biochemical mechanisms of action of drugs, drug uses and therapeutic roles, side effects, potential interactions, and monitoring parameters. This is linked to education in anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.

Professional interpretation and communication of this specialized knowledge to patients, physicians, and other health care providers are functions which pharmacists provide, and are central to the provision of safe and effective drug therapy.