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Annual Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference

The care given to a patient during a critical care stay must be delivered in a way that manages the patient from a medical, psychological and most importantly, a humanistic standpoint. Often times, the medical and psychological take precedence and the functional independence and holistic care that helps to identify a patient’s life roles is overlooked. It is these factors that make early rehabilitation for these patients so important in allowing the patient to make a recovery that is meaningful to them and their quality of life. We know that intervention provided by highly skilled physical and occupational therapists has been shown to not only minimize these risks, but to improve quality of life for these patients in both the short and long term. Evidence supports that mobility levels are shown to be higher physical and occupational therapists are involved in a patients care early on compared to the mobility level achieved by nursing mobility alone. The care provided by physical and occupational therapists at its core, lends itself to more holistic, patient-centered and comprehensive care model.


At Henry Ford Hospital, physical and occupational therapists are trained to have a standard level of competency when treating in this environment in order to provide the highest quality of care to these patients. This has provided therapists with the confidence, knowledge and current evidence in practice to advocate for patients, educate the multidisciplinary team and understand the physiological implications in providing therapy to a critically ill patient. Henry Ford Health currently provides early rehab in over 215 ICU beds across the system.


In this 5th annual conference, a series of lectures will provide a solid foundation for therapists (OT, OTA, PT, PTA) entering practice in the critical care environment. Learners will review the purpose and benefits of beginning rehab intervention early in a patient’s critical care stay, how to prepare to approach the patient with awareness of medical, cognitive, and functional concerns as well as strategies to provide therapeutic intervention safely. Learners will review the approach to early rehabilitation in different patient populations. Attendees will learn about the importance of fostering a culture of mobility and how to determine the right patients and timing for treatment to have the biggest impact. The OT and PT disciplines will have the opportunity to discuss treatment considerations individually as well as coming together with strategies for collaboration. Collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams is also discussed.


This course is intended for Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapy students, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, and Physical Therapy students.

For more information about our Rehab Department, please visit:

CEUs will be available, approved by APTA Michigan, and qualifies for NBCOT CEUs. Please check with your state licensing body to determine if courses approved by APTA MI are eligible for CEUs in your state. 

Up to 22.5 CEUs

When: Thursday, May 2, 2024 - Saturday, May 4, 2024 

Virtual Event: Live & Synchronous (On Demand for Days 1 and 2 available)

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Conference Objectives

Upon completion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the factors that determine a critical care patient’s readiness for participation in rehabilitation

  2. Identify when the patient’s clinical presentation or response to treat- ment indicates a need to modify or terminate treatment

  3. Describe the impact of early rehab for different patient populations

  4. Describe prevention and treatment techniques for cognition in critical

    care patients

  5. Discuss strategies for inter-professional collaboration with the medical

    teams to advocate for and develop early rehabilitation in the critical

    care population

  6. Describe safe therapy interventions appropriate for critical care patients.


We have recorded our 2022 APTA CSM Educational Session 

"Buy-in, Competency, Expansion, Oh My! Standardized Implementation Protocol for Rehab in the ICU".
Please use this private URL to view if interested.  

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