Standing with assistance of a tilt table in intensive care: A survey of Australian physiotherapy practice

Chang, A. T., Boots, R., Hodges, P. W. and Paratz, J. (2004) Standing with assistance of a tilt table in intensive care: A survey of Australian physiotherapy practice. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 50 1: 51-54.

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Author Chang, A. T.
Boots, R.
Hodges, P. W.
Paratz, J.
Title Standing with assistance of a tilt table in intensive care: A survey of Australian physiotherapy practice
Journal name Australian Journal of Physiotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9514
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 50
Issue 1
Start page 51
End page 54
Total pages 4
Editor J. Waters
Place of publication St. Kilda, VIC, Australia
Publisher The Australian Physiotherapy Assoc
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
1103 Clinical Sciences
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract Although tilt tables are used by physiotherapists to reintroduce patients to the vertical position, no quantitative evidence is available regarding their use within intensive care units (ICUs) of Australian hospitals. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of tilt tables in physiotherapy management of patients in ICUs across Australia. Ninety-nine physiotherapists working in Australian public ICUs were contacted via mail and asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their use of tilt tables in practice. Reasons for the use of the tilt table, contraindications, commonly used adjuncts, monitoring, and outcome measures were also investigated. Eighty-six questionnaires were returned (87% response). The tilt table was used by 58 physiotherapists (67.4%). The most common reasons for inclusion of tilt table treatment were to: facilitate weight bearing (94.8% of those who tilt); prevent muscle contractures (86%); improve lower limb strength (81%); and increase arousal (70%). The tilt table was most frequently applied to patients with neurological conditions (63.8%) and during long-term ICU stay (43.1%). Techniques often combined with tilt table treatment included upper limb exercises (93.1%) and breathing exercises (86.2%). Standing with assistance of the tilt table is used by the majority of physiotherapists working in Australian ICUs. A moderate level of agreement is demonstrated by physiotherapists regarding indications to commence tilt table treatment and adjunct modalities combined with standing with assistance of the tilt table.
Keyword Sport Sciences
Intensive Care
Critical Illness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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