Tag Archives: Physical therapy Acute Care

ICU Mobility Scores


Ann, PT posts:  DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: How are people documenting mobility in the ICU? Has anyone used the Perme ICU Mobility Score? I heard it is now being tested for validity and inter-observer reliability, and Chris Perme is presenting it … Continue reading

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Making the Case for Respiratory Muscle Training in Routine Physical Therapy Practice


The reported clinical benefits of respiratory muscle training include improved pressure generation by the respiratory muscles, reduced dyspnea, increased functional activity and endurance, and heightened athletic performance. However, respiratory muscle training has not yet been widely adopted into routine physical … Continue reading

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Physical Therapist is Seeking your Thoughts and Experiences on Intervention for Acute Concussions


DEAR ERI COMMUNITY Pamela Posts: HiMy clinic has been hearing that doctors are referring patients with concussions for physical therapy. Is anyone out there doing rehab for concussions that is not just following a return to play per impact? I … Continue reading

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Acute Care Physical Therapy Is Not A Location


The Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013 brought together various disciplines from the healthcare spectrum to handle and triage wounded people at the actual bombing site downtown, and subsequently in the various admitting hospitals in the area. Physical Therapists … Continue reading

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Therapist is seeking your suggestions and strategies for treating an autistic patient with JRA, and Total Hip Replacement


Samantha Posts: DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: I am a relatively new physical therapist and have an interesting patient that I would appreciate tips/suggestion for treatment techniques. I work in an acute care setting. I typically work with orthopedic patients (adults), those … Continue reading

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Disability Rights Documentary – a must see for PT’s and OT’s


If you haven’t seen it already, we highly recommend the PBS documentary on Independent Lens called “Lives Worth Living” (see link below). As therapists who have been in the field for many years, we admit to being only vaguely aware … Continue reading

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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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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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