We talked with Kyle Ridgeway who’s a board certified clinical specialists in cardiovascular and pulmonary PT. Kyle practices in ICUs at University of Colorado Hospital where he assists with clinical and operational quality improvement including medical ICU PT and system wide activity and mobility promotion.

COVID-19 has the potential to strain hospitals, ICUs, and ventilator supply. Getting patients out of the hospital and away from healthcare are paramount. There is the potential for clinical and operation bottlenecks. How can PTs assist in a pandemic? For those with moderate and severe cases of COVID—19 the survivorship burden may be similarly devastating to other critical illness. These stressful times give us the opportunity to explore the role of the PT in pandemic and in the future. Where can we add value?

Link to Kyle’s open source google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16UrBoE0YLikWaXgdUpmO01oO2NTo5fr-_qkN3EyDvr0

Link to public folder with information: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12kNBFloEKd6p_D4qxuYomU6_hT7s95NO