The focus of this course will be on critical decision making through case analysis and hands-on learning to determine medical stability and exercise tolerance in complex patients suffering from the common iatrogenic effects of the hospital. This course will improve your interpretation of vital signs, line management, assessment skills, and effective intervention strategies.
ICU and Acute Care: From Early Mobilization to Discharge DecisionsChris Wells
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This course will cover the multisystem adverse effects of critical illness and the impact the sequelae have on the rehabilitation process. The current philosophy is for early mobilization to decrease the rate of functional deficits and disability. In this medical model the therapist needs to have a sharp set of skills in assessment and optimal interventions given the activity tolerance of the patient. This course will discuss the interpretation of vital signs beyond the basics and system review as it relates to critical illness. The participants will gain a clinical decision framework to determine medical stability and exercise tolerance that will improve the exercise prescription of patients recovering from critical illness. This course will also focus on understanding dyspnea and fatigue which are two common barriers to activity tolerance. The participants will learn how to examine chest wall mechanics, breathing pattern, cough effectiveness and incorporate interventions to improve function. This course will explore the evidence for advanced intervention for patients on advanced medical support devices and who are suffering from the common iatrogenic effects of hospitalization. Participants will be engaged in a case study to discuss integration of clinical information and problem solving for a successful patient encounter.
Participants will be able to:
- Integrate the medical and environmental of the ICU to promote an effective therapy session.
- Apply current literature and trends to progress functional recovery for patients that suffer critical illness.
- Apply basic exercise physiology principles to prescribe an effective exercise prescription
- Implement an integrative rehabilitation plan to address pulmonary dysfunction.
- Analyze the complexity of critical illness via a case scenario to develop an evaluation and intervention approach to provide comprehensive care.
Chris Wells is a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist in the Department of Rehabilitation Services at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is a Fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine. She delivers patient care in the intensive care setting and assists with program and staff development, clinical competencies, and oversees clinical research opportunities for therapists. Dr. Wells holds a bachelor’s degree and advanced master’s degree in physical therapy and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Department of Developmental Movement, from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an appointment as Associate Professor, Adjunct position, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science where she lectures in the areas of cardiopulmonary dysfunction, and rehabilitation and acute care practice. She is an active member within the Academy of Cardiopulmonary of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Wells’ line of funded research is in the rehabilitation and functional outcomes for the older adult suffering critical illness and hospital acquired disability.
Chris Wells receives an honorarium from Education Resources, Inc.
She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
"Great course! Chris was very knowledgeable on the material and presented it in a manner that was easy to understand. The course enhanced my education related to assessing/treating patients in the ICU setting with a hollistic approach. I recommend therapists who work in acute care take this course to improve their clinical knowledge." -K Niehaus, OT
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This course meets the criteria for 13.5 contact hours (1.35 CEU's).
Applications have been made to the NJ State Board of PT Examiners and the PA State Board of PT, the TN PT Association, and the OK Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision for PT. In DC, DE, GA, and VA the Boards of PT recognize other Board's approvals.
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