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Dr. William Schweickert is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary Division at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Schweickert was awarded the:

1. Maurice F. Attie Faculty Teaching Award, Hospital of the University

2. Robert L. Mayock-Alfred P. Fishman Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care,

3. Awarded to a single Divisional faculty member annually for recognition of outstanding teaching efforts, and Excellence and Innovation in Patient Safety and the Development and Implementation of an electronic universal protocol for bedside procedures in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, May 2012.

Dr. Schweickert's research interests include respiratory failure, critical care and respiratory diseases.

Presentation: 59 minutes.


Overall Goals and Objectives:

1. To review the epidemiology of weakness acquired by patients with critical illness.

2. To describe the relationship between immobility, sedation and ICU-acquired weakness.

3. To detail pivotal clinical studies of early exercise and mobilization in ICU patients.

4. To discuss practical implementation of an early exercise and mobilization program, including criteria for consultation, therapy progression, and tracking outcomes.