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Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

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Huw Woodbridge is a PhD student in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College.

Huw graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2005. Since then he has worked as a physiotherapist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. In 2012 he received a Master of Research in Clinical Practice with distinction from St George’s, University of London.

Huw is currently working towards a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Anthony Gordon and Dr Caroline Alexander. He is exploring the barriers to early mobilisation and he is developing tools to study the safety of mobilisation of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients. Huw was funded by a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship from the National Institute for Health Research and Health Education England.

The first part of this research explores perceptions of barriers to early mobilisation in an ICU and how they can be overcome. This uses qualitative semi-structured interviews of ICU clinicians, former patients and their relatives/carers. The results will then inform development of strategies to promote early ICU mobilisation.

The second part of the research uses an expert consensus Delphi process in two parts. The first gains expert clinician and former patient consensus on the definition of an adverse event during early mobilisation on an ICU. The second aims to gain clinician consensus on defining characteristics of three adult ICU patient groups receiving vasoactive drugs, considered to have a low or a higher risk of adverse events when being mobilised or where mobilisation is considered contraindicated. The outcomes of this Delphi process can be further developed as tools to study the safety of mobilising ICU patients.

The final part of this research is a two phase exploratory observational study. This project aims to address several uncertainties regarding the design of a potential future trial investigating the safety of mobilising intensive care unit patients receiving vasoactive drugs. Phase one is a retrospective study which aims to map out current practice using a clinical records review. Phase two will prospectively recruit ICU patients to measure preliminary feasibility outcomes (such as feasibility of recruitment and outcome measurement) using a survey, analysis of mobilisation treatments and assessment of outcomes at day 60 post-enrolment.



Woodbridge HR, Norton C, Alexander CM, et al., 2019, Exploring clinician's perceptions about the barriers and facilitators of early mobilisation of patients on intensive care, Elsevier BV, Pages:e119-e120, ISSN:0031-9406

Woodbridge HR, Nel M, Hickson M, et al., 2014, IS IT SAFE TO MOBILISE PATIENTS ON AN ADULT INTENSIVE CARE UNIT WHO REQUIRE CONTINUOUS INOTROPE AND/OR VASOPRESSOR INFUSIONS?, 27th Annual Congress of the European-Society-of-Intensive-Care-Medicine (ESICM), SPRINGER, Pages:S139-S139, ISSN:0342-4642

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