A survey examining Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation use in UK, adult intensive care units.
Ema Swingwood1, Dr Lyvonne Tume2 and Prof Fiona Cramp2.
1Adult Therapy Services, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, United Kingdom, BS2 8HW; 2 Faculty of Health & Applied Sciences, University of the West of England
Despite potential benefits it is not known how widely mechanical insufflation-exsufflation (MI-E) devices are used by physiotherapists on UK intensive care units (ICU).
To establish baseline information about the use of MI-E in adult ICU’s across the UK.
Physiotherapists working in a permanent post on UK, adult ICU were invited to participate in an electronic survey. Ethical approval was granted by the Faculty Research Ethics Committee, University of the West of England, Bristol.
MI-E is widely available on adult ICU’s across the UK. Physiotherapists reported greater use with extubated patients. Barriers to MI-E use in the intubated population warrants further investigation.