Felten-Barentz et al (2015), Feasibility and Safety of Hydrotherapy in Critically Ill Ventilated Patients

Early mobilization can improve outcomes in critically ill ventilated patients (1). Although preliminary data suggest that mobilization in a swimming pool (hydrotherapy) may enhance rehabilitation in very weak patients (e.g., congestive heart failure [2] and multiple sclerosis [3]) because of the reduced gravitational forces, there are challenges and potential safety issues when applied to ventilated patients. In this study, we report feasibility and safety of hydrotherapy in critically ill, ventilated patients.

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