Resources & Helpful Links


Frequently updated list of ICU Rehabilitation resources and conferences.
Version June 2024

At the International ICU PM&R meeting in San Francisco (May 2012), attendees wanted to create uniform categories for activity levels in the ICU and associated definitions for these categories.  With input from attendees, Carol Hodgson, PT, PhD (Monash University, Australia) adapted the categories that have been used as part of the ICU Rehab program at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Dr. Hodgson then created definitions based on a consensus of experts from her multi-site ICU Rehab study and from the MICU Rehab program at Johns Hopkins.  We welcome others to consider using these categories and definitions in order to help standardize measurement of ICU activities and to enable comparisons between ICU sites.
Activity Codes & Definitions for Intl ICU PMR

The ICU Rehab networks suggests using standardized criteria to report on safety of early mobilization via this document: Safety events

The ICU Mobility Scale is a valid and reliable scale to describe, plan, measure and document mobility of ICU patients, developed by Hodgson et al.: ICU Mobility Scale

This checklist for helping optimize patient comfort while awake with an endotracheal tube is based on a literature search and refinement by experts in the field: Checklist ETT-tolerance.pdf

Additional information on how to implement a multi-disciplinary ICU Rehab team in your hospital.
Frequently updated list of ICU Rehabilitation resources

Helpful Links

OACIS is a multidisciplinary clinical and research group focused on understanding and improving patient outcomes after critical illness and surgery. OACIS activities include clinical quality improvement projects and research focused on longitudinal, long-term patient outcomes assessments, with the evaluation of physical, cognitive, and mental health outcomes.

This is an NIH-funded research infrastructure project that created free resources to assist clinical researchers in conducting long-term outcome studies by creating and disseminating practical tools for maximizing patient cohort retention for longitudinal long-term outcomes research studies. As well as to create and disseminate statistical tools and programs to appropriately address truncation due to mortality when analyzing long-term functional outcomes in this patient population. 

CIBS is an inter-professional team focused on patients who are or have been, critically ill and who have suffered from delirium and are at risk for long-term cognitive, functional, and neuropsychological impairments.

Asia Mobilization Network is an organization, composed of multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals who are dedicated to developing early mobilization programs in the ICU.