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Feasibility of Immediate in-Intensive Care Unit Pulmonary Rehabilitation after Lung Transplantation: A Single Center Experience

 Joo Han Song  ;  Ji-Eun Park  ;  Sang Chul Lee  ;  Sarang Kim  ;  Dong Hyung Lee  ;  Eun Kyoung Kim  ;  Song Yee Kim  ;  Ji Cheol Shin  ;  Jin Gu Lee  ;  Hyo Chae Paik  ;  Moo Suk Park 
 ACUTE AND CRITICAL CARE, Vol.33(3) : 146-153, 2018 
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intensive care units ; lung transplantation ; rehabilitation
Background Physical function may influence perioperative outcomes of lung transplantation. We investigated the feasibility of a pulmonary rehabilitation program initiated in the immediate postoperative period at an intensive care unit (ICU) for patients who underwent lung transplantation. Methods We retrospectively evaluated 22 patients who received pulmonary rehabilitation initiated in the ICU within 2 weeks after lung transplantation at our institution from March 2015 to February 2016. Levels of physical function were graded at the start of pulmonary rehabilitation and then weekly throughout rehabilitation according to criteria from our institutional pulmonary rehabilitation program: grade 1, bedside (G1); grade 2, dangling (G2); grade 3, standing (G3); and grade IV, gait (G4). Results The median age of patients was 53 years (range, 25 to 73 years). Fourteen patients (64%) were males. The initial level of physical function was G1 in nine patients, G2 in seven patients, G3 in four patients, and G4 in two patients. Patients started pulmonary rehabilitation at a median of 7.5 days (range, 1 to 29 days) after lung transplantation. We did not observe any rehabilitation-related complications during follow-up. The final level of physical function was G1 in six patients, G3 in two patients, and G4 in 14 patients. Fourteen of the 22 patients were able to walk with or without assistance, and 13 of them maintained G4 until discharge; the eight remaining patients never achieved G4. Conclusions Our results suggest the feasibility of early pulmonary rehabilitation initiated in the ICU within a few days after lung transplantation.
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Kim, Song Yee(김송이) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8627-486X
Park, Moo Suk(박무석) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0820-7615
Park, Ji Eun(박지은)
Paik, Hyo Chae(백효채) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9309-8235
Song, Joo Han(송주한)
Shin, Ji Cheol(신지철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1133-1361
Lee, Sang Chul(이상철)
Lee, Jin Gu(이진구)
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