Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Relationship between availability of physiotherapy services and ICU costs

Relação entre a disponibilidade de serviços de fisioterapia e custos de UTI

Bruna Peruzzo Rotta1,2,a, Janete Maria da Silva2,3,b, Carolina Fu2,4,c, Juliana Barbosa Goulardins4,5,d, Ruy de Camargo Pires-Neto2,4,e, Clarice Tanaka2,4,f

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(3):184-189

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Objective: To determine whether 24-h availability of physiotherapy services decreases ICU costs in comparison with the standard 12 h/day availability among patients admitted to the ICU for the first time. Methods: This was an observational prevalence study involving 815 patients ≥ 18 years of age who had been on invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV) for ≥ 24 h and were discharged from an ICU to a ward at a tertiary teaching hospital in Brazil. The patients were divided into two groups according to h/day availability of physiotherapy services in the ICU: 24 h (PT-24; n = 332); and 12 h (PT-12; n = 483). The data collected included the reasons for hospital and ICU admissions; Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) score; IMV duration, ICU length of stay (ICU-LOS); and Omega score. Results: The severity of illness was similar in both groups. Round-the-clock availability of physiotherapy services was associated with shorter IMV durations and ICU-LOS, as well as with lower total, medical, and staff costs, in comparison with the standard 12 h/day availability. Conclusions: In the population studied, total costs and staff costs were lower in the PT-24 group than in the PT-12 group. The h/day availability of physiotherapy services was found to be a significant predictor of ICU costs.


Keywords: Intensive care units; Respiration, artificial; Respiratory therapy; Hospital costs.




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