Physical therapy in the intensive care unit benefits hospital’s bottom line

Study, funded by Johns Hopkins Critical Care Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, refutes financial concerns that early rehabilitation raises costs

In a study evaluating the financial impact of providing early physical therapy for intensive care patients, researchers at Johns Hopkins found that the up-front costs are outweighed by the financial savings generated by earlier discharges from the intensive care unit and shorter hospital stays overall. An article describing the findings, “ICU Early Physical Rehabilitation Programs: Financial Modeling of Cost Savings,” is published online today ahead of print in the March issue of Critical Care Medicine.

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