How Early ICU Rehabilitation Enhances Patient’s Participation in Acute Rehabilitation

Description: Advances in early mobility in the intensive care unit (ICU) result from interprofessional collaboration. Medical teams are focusing their therapies through the lens of optimizing participation in therapies. Therapists are enhancing their knowledge to prescribe doses of exercise for the critically ill. Early rehabilitation focuses on cognitive, physical and emotional challenges to foster better outcomes. This course will define how early rehabilitation in the ICU prepares patients to participate in acute inpatient rehabilitation.

Objectives: Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the roles of the physician, nurse and therapies to improve patient outcomes in the ICU.
  • Apply how each professional role can be enhanced with collaborative practices.
  • Relate the role of early mobility on limiting comorbidities related to critical illness.
  • Relate the presentation of comorbidities on potential to participate in an acute rehabilitation program.

Instructor: Jennifer M. Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS

Audience:  Nurses (Nursing CEs Not Offered), Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits

Physical Therapists:
The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this self-study course for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This self-study course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours

Occupational Therapists:

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02495. This distance learning – independent webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Foundational Knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. 


Jennifer M. Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS
Financial: Receives an honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Technology Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported. High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.  

Additional requirements include:

  • Web browser: latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker or headset to listen to recorded audio files
  • Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Online Learning