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Research Article  |   May 1986
Providing Occupational Therapy in an Intensive Care Unit
Author Affiliations
  • Anne T. Affleck, MS, OTR, is Assistant Director, Sheri Lieberman, OTR, is Clinical Coordinator, and Kerry Rohrkemper, OTR, is Clinical Coordinator; all at the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA 94305
  • Jan Polon, OTR, is Senior Occupational Therapist and Primary Therapist for the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA 94305
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Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   May 1986
Providing Occupational Therapy in an Intensive Care Unit
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1986, Vol. 40, 323-332. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.5.323
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1986, Vol. 40, 323-332. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.5.323
Abstract

This paper includes information required for establishing and conducting an occupational therapy program in an intensive care unit. Three common problems in the intensive care unit are immobility and prolonged bed rest, sensory deprivation and stress, and prolonged mechanical ventilation. The resolution of these rehabilitation problems through occupational therapy intervention is addressed.