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Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting and beyond: an update to clinical practice recommendations

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Thomas, P, Baldwin, C, Beach, L, Bissett, B, Boden, I ORCID: 0000-0002-9283-4779, Magana Cruz, S, Gosselink, R, Granger, CL, Hodgson, C, Holland, AE, Jones, AYM, Kho, ME, van der Lee, L, Moses, R, Ntoumenopoulos, G, Parry, SM and Patman, S 2022 , 'Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting and beyond: an update to clinical practice recommendations' , Journal of Physiotherapy, vol. 68, no. 1 , pp. 8-25 , doi: 10.1016/j.jphys.2021.12.012.

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Abstract

This document provides an update to the recommendations for physiotherapy management for adults with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the acute hospital setting. It includes: physiotherapy workforce planning and preparation; a screening tool for determining requirement for physiotherapy; and recommendations for the use of physiotherapy treatments and personal protective equipment. New advice and recommendations are provided on: workload management; staff health, including vaccination; providing clinical education; personal protective equipment; interventions, including awake proning, mobilisation and rehabilitation in patients with hypoxaemia. Additionally, recommendations for recovery after COVID-19 have been added, including roles that physiotherapy can offer in the management of post-COVID syndrome. The updated guidelines are intended for use by physiotherapists and other relevant stakeholders caring for adult patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the acute care setting and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Thomas, P and Baldwin, C and Beach, L and Bissett, B and Boden, I and Magana Cruz, S and Gosselink, R and Granger, CL and Hodgson, C and Holland, AE and Jones, AYM and Kho, ME and van der Lee, L and Moses, R and Ntoumenopoulos, G and Parry, SM and Patman, S
Keywords: COVID-19, physiotherapy, acute care, guidelines, physical therapy, Coronavirus
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Physiotherapy
Publisher: Elsevier Australia
ISSN: 1836-9553
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.jphys.2021.12.012
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© 2021 Australian Physiotherapy Association. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

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