7th Annual Johns Hopkins Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference

7th Annual Johns Hopkins Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference

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Early rehabilitation of hospitalized patients can reduce muscle weakness, physical impairments and delirium. Yet achieving these outcomes is no simple task. Beyond understanding the science, it requires collaboration and coordination between clinicians who have traditionally worked in "silos." This course will bridge the interdisciplinary gap from research to the bedside, and bring together clinical experts who are creating cultures based on proactive rehabilitation


  1. Appraise the evidence supporting early rehabilitation and mobility in critically ill adults and children.
  2. Describe and discuss how to change ICU clinical practice to implement early rehabilitation programs for critically ill adults, children, and infants using a quality improvement framework.
  3. Describe the management of ICU medications, devices (including mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy), and monitoring systems for rehabilitation of adult and pediatric ICU patients.
  4. Explain rehabilitation related assessments and interventions suitable for adult and pediatric ICU and acute care patients.
  5. Explain the principles of clinical decision making for safe and effective early rehabilitation in the ICU.
  6. Describe strategies to engage critically ill patients and their families for activity and mobility.
  7. Explain the tenets and methods of a structured quality improvement process for developing and implementing an early rehabilitation program in the adult and pediatric ICU, and the acute care setting.
  8. Describe the impact and challenges of ICU survivorship on patients and their families.
  9. Explain current practice and interdisciplinary roles of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, respiratory therapy, and child life specialists in an adult and pediatric ICU rehabilitation program.
  10. Describe disease-specific rehabilitation strategies for critically ill patients.
  11. Explain communication strategies for adult and pediatric ICU patients.
  12. Describe an approach to feeding in pediatric ICU populations.
  13. Describe the management of sedation and delirium for adult and pediatric patients to promote ICU mobility.
  14. Evaluate the rationale, barriers, and evidence for ICU diaries to improve psychological outcomes.


The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Target Audience

Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Respiratory Therapists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses and Psychologists.

Register online here

This year, there are 3 registration options. Detailed schedules are below.

(A) ONLY Pre-conference(s) (Nov 1st)

(B) ONLY Main conference tracks (Nov 2nd & 3rd)

(C) Pre-conference(s) and Main Conference (Nov 1st, 2nd, & 3rd)

Pre-Conferences on November 1st

Early Bird Discount Expires on June 30, 2018.

AM Options (select ONE only): $110

  • Achieving a Culture of Mobility through Activity & Mobility Promotion across the Hospital
  • Creating and Sustaining an Early Rehabilitation Program
  • ICU Diaries (Part 1 of 2)
  • Pediatric ICU: Basics of PICU Rehabilitation (Part 1 of 2)

PM Option (select ONE only): $110

  • Behavioral Management and Strategies to Optimize Patient Activity & Mobility
  • ICU Diaries (Part 2 of 2)
  • Management of an ICU Patient: An Introduction for Rehabilitation Clinicians
  • Pediatric ICU: Basics of PICU Rehabilitation (Part 2 of 2)

Main Conference on November 2nd and 3rd

Option 1: Adult ICU: $385

Option 2: Pediatric ICU: $385

If paying by check, please call the Customer Relations Office at 410-502-9636.

Interdisciplinary collaboration and coordination is vital to facilitate early mobility and rehabilitation in the intensive care unit (ICU) setting. A recent stakeholders’ conference aimed at improving long-term outcomes for ICU survivors identified important ‘silos’ among critical care and rehabilitation clinicians working in the ICU, with these ‘silos’ acting as a barrier to collaboratively advancing the field and improving patient outcomes. While clinical trials support the benefits of early rehabilitation for mechanically ventilated patients, implementing these interventions requires creating a new ICU culture based on proactive rehabilitation and interdisciplinary collaboration between all critical care and rehabilitation clinicians. This course will bridge the interdisciplinary gap from research to clinical implementation at the bedside.

If you have not attended our Conference in prior years, we strongly recommend that you register for the appropriate pre-conferences, as per below, since these basic concepts will not be covered during the main conference.

Adult track:

  • Creating and Sustaining an Early Rehabilitation Program
  • Management of an ICU Patient: An Introduction for Rehabilitation Clinicians

Pediatric track:

  • Pediatric ICU: Basics of PICU Rehab (Part 1 of 2)
  • Pediatric ICU: Basics of PICU Rehab (Part 2 of 2)

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