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The PhLIP team: Feasibility of a physiotherapy-led intensive prone positioning team initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BACKGROUND: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in a surge of patients with refractory hypoxaemic respiratory failure being admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Prone positioning can improve oxygenation but requires a team of skilled personnel to complete safely. Critical care physiotherapists (PTs) are ideally suited to lead proning teams, due to their expertise in moving critically unwell, invasively ventilated patients.

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe the feasibility of implementing a physiotherapy-led intensive proning (PhLIP) team to support the critical care team during surges.

METHODS: This study involves descriptive evaluation of feasibility and implementation of the PhLIP team, a novel model of care, during the Delta wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, through a retrospective, observational audit of PhLIP team activity, ICU clinical activity, and a description of clinical outcomes.

RESULTS: Between 17 September and 19 November 2021, 93 patients with COVID-19 were admitted to the ICU. Fifty-one patients (55%) were positioned prone, a median [interquartile range] 2 [2, 5] times, for a mean (±standard deviation) duration of 16 (±2) h, across 161 episodes. Twenty-three PTs were upskilled and deployed to the PhLIP team, adding 2.0 equivalent full time to the daily service. Ninety-four percent of prone episodes (154) were led by the PhLIP PTs with a median 4 [interquartile range: 2, 8] turns per day. Potential airway adverse events occurred on three occasions (1.8%) and included an endotracheal tube leak, displacement, and obstruction. Each incident was promptly managed without prolonged impact on the patient. No manual handling injuries were reported.

CONCLUSION: The implementation of a physiotherapy-led proning team was safe and feasible and can release critical care-trained medical and nursing staff to other duties in the ICU.

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