About the Speaker

Dr Ong Hwee Kuan

Senior Principal Physiotherapist, SGH
Assistant Professor, SIT 

Hwee completed her Clinical Doctorate training in Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne in 2010. Her clinical interest is in the area of acute care pulmonary physiotherapy and rehabilitation of special population such as the critically ill patients, peri-operative care and chronic lung disease. Hwee was the pioneer physiotherapist to introduce and implement ICU rehab in SGH MICU in 2014. Hwee is the Program Director of SGH Core residency in Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy. She is extensively involved in the teaching and training of critical care physiotherapy at the entry and residency level. Hwee is also a part-time teaching faculty at Singapore Institute Technology, and taught ICU rehab under the advance exercise prescription module.


Track 9: Rehabilitation in Intensive Care Units
The Nuts & Bolts of ICU Rehabilitation
Date :  Friday, 8 September 2017
Time  :   1030
Venue  :   L1-S3
Abstract  :  The roles of physiotherapists in critical care setting have transformed tremendously with the growing number of research on ICU rehabilitation. While the short term benefits of ICU rehabilitation is clear, the actual implementation of early ICU rehab as part of routine clinical practice is met with multiple challenges. The feasibility and sustainability rest not just on the availability of rehabilitation equipment and technical capabilities of the therapists, but more importantly on the buy-in of the patients, their care givers and the multidisciplinary care team. Strong interdisciplinary team coordination and communication is paramount in ICU rehabilitation. In this presentation, we will share the key challenges encountered in our implementation of ICU rehabilitation. While we have many anecdotal stories of successful early lCU rehabilitation, it is a labour and time intensive therapy. We are yet to systematically establish the value-for-money, the long term outcomes and an effective care plan for those patients discharging from our ICU.