Category Archives: Acute Care

Update in Acute Stroke Care Guidelines


The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has updated their comprehensive acute stroke care guidelines from 2009. While we therapists are usually not involved in treating stroke patients at this stage, hopefully we will now see fewer patients with long term … Continue reading

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How can I be an expert SLP for every patient I see?


Posted by Karen DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: Hi, I work in a hospital setting where I see adult acute care, acute in-patient rehabilitation, and out-patient clients.I feel as if I can give good therapy to anyone I come across, but not necessarily … Continue reading

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Suggestions for Coma Stim?


Dana Posts:DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: I work on a sub-acute brain injury rehab unit. Residents are admitted for generally 3 months (many stay longer). I’m looking for some different treatment ideas for my coma residents. Any suggestions for coma stim? Even … Continue reading

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Leslie Davidson – Therapy for Post Concussion Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury and Return to Sports


Concussions that lead to TBI can have permanent detrimental effects. Therapy can help. By now you may have heard the news that former NFL Dallas Cowboys players are suing the NFL over concussions that lead to more serious traumatic brain … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Role of the Physical Therapist in an Acute Care Setting


You may have seen the recent physical therapy journal (December, 2012) that was devoted to rehabilitation of people with critical illness. Those of us who have worked in an acute care setting have seen acquired weakness that seems to be … Continue reading

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Computer Based Balance Assessments for Acute Patients?


Margo Posts: DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: At our facility, we are implementing new computer evaluations but have been unable to come up with good balance assessments for acute patients. Does any one have suggestions for tests that are valid and easy … Continue reading

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Seeking Input from NICU Therapists


Dear NICU Therapist,We are seeking your advice and input on developing an advanced clinical continuing education course for NICU therapists.  In response to numerous requests from colleagues who like yourself, have attended one of our NICU workshops, we are hoping … Continue reading

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Announcing the winner of a free CEU course from Education Resources


Thank you to everyone who has submitted ideas, questions and clinical challenges for the ERI Acute Care blog. We will continue to post all your great submissions over time, as separate blogs, involving our community to help with your clinical … Continue reading

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Occupational and Physical Therapy Matrix in Acute Care


Gina Posts: DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: Does anyone use or know of a scheduling program or matrix that exists for acute care therapists that accounts for a patient acuity level? Thanks for your consideration!Gina

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