Physical Therapy

The Passy Muir® Valve plays a critical role in the rehabilitation of patients of all ages with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation across the continuum of care. Learn more about the many pulmonary and physical rehabilitation benefits and uses of the Passy Muir Valve.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Begins in the ICU

When the term “pulmonary rehabilitation” is mentioned, most practicing healthcare practitioners conjure images of patients performing six-minute walks, exercising while seated using an arm cycle, or walking on a track hooked up to an oxygen saturation and heart rate monitor. While these descriptions are not inaccurate, they apply more closely to patients who are further along their recovery, maybe even to the point where they have been discharged home and can travel to a facility for pulmonary rehabilitation. Stable patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation in the hospital or the ICU can also participate in pulmonary rehabilitation and early mobilization. The patient with a tracheostomy both on and off mechanical ventilation can achieve the same benefits as any other patient. There are some things to consider, however, including coordination of therapies, especially between the respiratory care practitioner (RCP) and the speech-language pathologist (SLP).