Increased physician and physical therapist communication is associated with earlier mobility and decreased length of stay in the cerebrovascular and trauma neuroscience population

Danielle Burch, Silke Bernert, Justin F. Fraser

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Abstract

OBJECT: Recent efforts in neurocritical care have emphasized optimal timing and employment of rehabilitation services. However, there is sparse literature on the effect of team approaches to the intensive care patient. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of increased coordination between a physical therapist and an attending cerebrovascular neurosurgeon through daily multidisciplinary rounds. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of 235 patients who were admitted to the neuroscience service under a single cerebrovascular neurosurgeon over a 16-month period (April 2014 through July 2015) in a level-I trauma hospital. The study consisted of an eight-month pre-intervention period (n = 117) where the physical therapist did not attend physician rounds and an eight-month post-intervention period (n = 118). RESULTS: In the post-intervention group the physical therapy (PT) assessment occurred on average 1.57 days sooner (p < 0.001). Hospital Length of Stay (LOS) decreased by an average of 3.46 days (p = 0.04) and ICU LOS decreased on average by 1.83 days (p = 0.05) in the post-intervention group. Ventilator days decreased on average by 0.55 days, which was not statistically significant (p = 0.26). CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, daily coordination with multidisciplinary rounds between the physician and the physical therapist was associated with decreased time to initial PT assessment, decreased hospital LOS, and decreased ICU LOS in the neuroscience population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroRehabilitation
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • Neurocritical care
  • communication
  • length of stay
  • physical therapy
  • rounding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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