Mobilizing the Medically Complex ICU and Acute Care Patient (An Evidence-Based Model)

Course Description:

Therapists are often challenged when presented with complex acute care patients who may have cardiovascular and/or pulmonary dysfunction or complications in addition to other medical conditions. Mobilizing these complex patients safely requires integration of the implications of lab values, diagnostic test results, patient history, medications and equipment. The assessment and interventions begin with the bed bound patient, including those on mechanical ventilation, and progresses these patients to sitting, and progressive mobility. Signs of patient instability and when and how to modify or terminate treatment will be discussed. This course provides therapists with the knowledge, problem solving skills, and all the red flags for assessing mobility as well as the tools to develop safe and appropriate intervention programs for patients in acute care no matter their diagnosis.


Participants will be able to apply course learning immediately to:

Analyze cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions that may affect their patients response to mobility as well as the implication of lines, leads and monitors, for all team members.

Assess and analyze responses to activity and make appropriate adjustments and prioritize the plan of care based on lab values, diagnostic test results, medications and patient history.

Using sound clinical decision making, develop appropriate plans of care for mobility activities based on chart data review and clinical exam.

Select appropriate monitoring tools for mobility and interpret the results including outcomes and best practice documentation.

Discuss the evidence for early mobility of complex acute care patients as well as evidence on bed rest and deconditioning.

What others are saying:

"Excellent speaker who is a passionate teacher. Extremely knowledgeable in all areas of acute care, providing information that is relevant and immediately usable." - Lisa Black, OT

"The Patho Physiology and Pharmacology lectures were a great review; however, the outcome measure and treatment interventions gave me great ideas to use with my acute care patients." - Megan O Wright, PT

"I cannot say enough good things about this course. If you are an acute care therapist or if you work with this population, you must take this course. Ellen hillegass does an excellent ujon relaying this important information in a clinically-based way. She commands your attention the entire 2 days, I have learned new techniques to use in my practice to make me a better PT. Thank you so much!"
Jennifer Gregory, PT

"You must take this course! Great connection between textbook and clinic. Ellen is exquisitely intelligent, but not at all intimidating. A lot of consideration made for personal learning styles and actual application on the job. One of the best courses I've ever taken! Builds knowledge base and provides tools for use." - Thomas Nguyen, PT

"Wonderful class! Lots of information in a short amount of time but presented in a way that you remember and understand. Mrs. Hillegass is wonderful and willing to answer all questions. She provided several valuable resources. I feel I will provide better care to my patients and have information to provide to my facility to provide better care to the community. Thank you very much!" -Melissa Pratt, PT

"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a wonderful course for the acute care therapist! This covers so many of the areas in which I or other therapists in my dept. have had questions. I would recommend this course for all acute care therapists no matter the number of years of experience."
Robin Town, PT


Ellen Hillegass

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