About the Speaker

Ms Cassandra Ng Jing Ning

Occupational Therapist
Department of Occupational Therapy
Singapore General Hospital

Miss Cassandra Ng is an Occupational Therapist with Singapore General Hospital. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Curtin University, Australia. Cassandra has clinical experience in a variety of clinical areas in the acute inpatient setting, and presently works with clients with respiratory conditions. Through her clinical experience, Cassandra developed a keen interest and passion in pulmonary rehabilitation and early rehabilitation in the intensive care units. Over the past 2 years, Cassandra has been actively involved in activities that engaged her passion, including developing clinical practice guidelines for pulmonary rehabilitation for her department, serving on the planning committee for COPD Awareness Event in 2015 and 2016, and volunteering with the COPD Support Singapore.            


Track 9: Rehabilitation in Intensive Care Units
Role of Occupational Therapy in Critical Care
Date  :  Friday, 8 September 2017
Time  :  1030
Venue  :   L1-S3
Abstract  :    Early rehabilitation in the intensive care unit (ICU) is feasible and safe, with evidence supporting its benefits in minimising impact of disabilities, reducing the length of hospital stay, lower readmissions rate and post discharge mortality. Individualised interventions that include physical reconditioning, increasing activity endurance through activities of daily living training, sensory and cognitive stimulation, prevention of contracture through splinting, can reduce physical and cognitive complications frequently occurring in survivors of critical illness.

The establishment of a successful early rehabilitation program that addresses the unique needs of patients in the intensive care unit requires a collaborative interdisciplinary team effort and occupational therapists play a distinct and valuable role in this interdisciplinary team. Occupational therapists' in-depth knowledge and understanding of the interplay between patients' needs, abilities, and the environment can optimise patients' overall functioning and support their successful transition to the home, community, or next level of care.

In this presentation, we will examine the emerging role of occupational therapy in the area of critical care, understand the need and importance of comprehensive assessment in the intensive care unit, how the use of various occupational therapy interventions and engagement in meaningful therapeutic activities can enhance patients' motivation to participate in their overall care plan.