Critical Care Rehabilitation 

This initiative was a blended learning programme consisting of a series of six webinars followed by a workshop on practical application of principles, held during LIVES 2019 (Berlin, Germany).

Designed for: Intensive Care Nurses, Physiotherapists and other Allied Health Professionals (N&AHPs)

Each webinar lasted one hour and could be accessed live, or watched at a time to suit you via the ESICM Academy Platform. 

A short evaluation test including multiple-choice questions was made available after each webinar.

The 25 top-scoring N&AHPs in the continuous assessment of this programme were rewarded free entrance to LIVES 2019, plus reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs of up to €400, to facilitate their participation to the workshop. Priority was given to the N&AHPS that are ESICM members. Become a member now for the special price of 60 EUR. For more information please see here.

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Programme Directors

David Mcwilliams BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, Consultant Physiotherapist within critical care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom; Chair of the Physiotherapy Working Group, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM)

Peter Nydahl RN, MScN, Nursing Researcher on a mixed ICU, University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany


Inter professional speakers and moderators, experts in the field, according to best evidence coupled with clinical experience and expertise.


The webinars covered the following topics:

  • Background of the problem: This session discussed the negative impact of critical illness and ICU-AW, including both physical and non-physical outcomes in the short and long term.
  • The evidence for early rehabilitation: A review of the current evidence base for rehabilitation, current prevalence and barriers to implementation.
  • Practicalities of commencing and progressing rehabilitation: This session explored safety criteria for commencing rehabilitation, including the physiological response to exercise and choosing the right intensity.
  • Overcoming Challenges: The impact of sedation and delirium. This session also considered rehabilitation challenges in other populations such as bariatric patients and those with neurological injury.
  • Psychological rehabilitation after ICU: How should we address the long-term psychological consequences of critical illness.
  • Physical Rehabilitation after ICU: How should we address the long-term physical consequences of critical illness.

To encourage maximum learning and reinforce the knowledge acquired, the series of webinars ended with a workshop with practical activities and hands-on sessions, held during LIVES 2019 (Berlin, Germany).

Time and date

Webinars were scheduled as follows: 

  • March 05, 2019  Background of the Problem (17:00 h Central European Time)
  • March 26, 2019  The Evidence for Early Rehabilitation (16:00 h Central European Time)
  • April 16, 2019    Practicalities of Commencing and Progressing Rehabilitation (16:00 h Central European Summer Time)
  • May 07, 2019     Overcoming Challenges (16:00 h Central European Summer Time)
  • June 11, 2019    Physical Rehabilitation after ICU (16:00 h Central European Summer Time)
  • June 18, 2019    Psychological Rehabilitation after ICU (16:00 h Central European Summer Time


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