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Physiotherapy: Assessment for Discharge

Physiotherapy: assessment for discharge video
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Good afternoon, Emma. My name’s Rhea. I’m from the physiotherapy team. How are you today? OK. The nursing staff has just asked me to come and see you, because they’re thinking about getting you home soon. OK. I’ll just ask you a few questions, and then we’ll just do a little bit of walking and see how everything goes. Yeah. Have you had any breathlessness today? No. No. Are you managing to cough and clear your chest? Yeah I’m coughing, but it’s fine. OK, all right. Do you live with anybody at home? My family. Your family. Do you normally use anything to walk to get around? No. No. And do you have any stairs in your house? It’s a flat. It’s a flat, OK.
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So what we’re going to do is we’ll just stand up, and we’ll go for a little walk around, and then back to the chair again. Does that sound OK? Yeah, sounds fine. OK, we’ll just move this out of the way.
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OK. Just pushing up from the chair. All right. How are you feeling standing there? Yeah, I feel OK. Yeah, OK. It’s normal to feel a bit weird if you’ve been sitting down for a little while. Yeah. But we’ll just go for a walk around, and then back to the chair again.
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Great.
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OK.
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And then we’ll back to the chair.
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OK. All right, that was very good. How do you feel about that? Yeah, a bit wobbly, but OK. OK, I think the best thing that you can do now is just keep getting up and walking around regularly. And that will just help to keep your chest healthy. OK? Any questions for me before I go? No, that’s all. OK.

This is a video demonstration of a physiotherapist assessing a patient for suitability of being discharged from the intensive care unit.

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