Introduction: Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Concern has aroused regarding association between increased risk of complication and death among COVID-19 patients with underlying diseases.
Objective: To highlight the effect of physiotherapy intervention on function performance of COVID 19 inpatient with comorbidities.
Case presentation: Sixty one years old, male with past medical history of hypertension (HTN), diabetes millets (DM), ischemic heart disease (IHD). In addition, there was history of angioplasty 10 years ago in India. On 24 June 2020, he was admitted with tachypnea and fever and found to be COVID positive in AL Nahada Hospital. He was intubated due to desaturation to 60% despite being on 15L oxygen in non-rebreathing mask. Post intubation, he was shifted to Royal Hospital on Mechanical Ventilator (MV) and admitted in COVID ICU. On 26 June, patient was extubated on NIV since he was conscious, and stable hemodynamic.
Management and outcome: manual muscle testing (MMT) and berg functional balance scale (BBS) were used as outcome measures to evaluate the efficiency of physiotherapy intervention. These interventions were early mobilization and breathing exercises.
Result &Conclusion: The results of this case study suggest that the physiotherapy intervention used in this case aided to speed up improvement and recovery. The results of this report warrant for further studies with larger sample size and more controlled study design to test for the effect of early physiotherapy intervention in functional performance of Covid-19 patients.HTML PDF
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