Increase treatment effectiveness and improve functional outcomes by learning an evidence-based clinical approach to treating acutely ill patients with multiple co-morbidities. Assessments and interpretation of results will inform treatment recommendation and teach clinical problem-solving.
- CEU DETAILS
This course gives an evidence-based clinical approach to the cardiopulmonary perspective of assessment and management of acutely ill patients (of any diagnosis) across the continuum of care. Therapists working in different settings are frequently challenged with complex patients with cardiopulmonary diagnoses including CHF, Pneumonia, and COPD or multiple systemic co-morbidities with effects on the cardiopulmonary system. This course will empower the therapist with assessment tools and understanding of the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary conditions, to modify their therapy accordingly. The course content includes cardiopulmonary physical examination including auscultation, ABG analysis, CXR etc, exercise testing and prescription with strong emphasis on outcome measures and documenting effectiveness of therapy. Pulmonary interventions taught in this course are positioning, breathing techniques, chest clearance techniques and adjuncts of respiratory therapy like use of flutter, acapella etc.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Formulate an effective cardiopulmonary assessment utilizing appropriate monitoring techniques like BP, HR, ECG monitoring, auscultation, ABG analysis, LFT, CXR and lab values.
- Utilize various standardized outcome measures such as exercise testing, balance testing and Quality of Life questionnaire.
- Demonstrate knowledge of individualized exercise prescription based on the exercise testing results and its modification for certain population groups.
- Design and perform various therapeutic interventions like ACBT, postural drainage, positions for breathlessness, use of adjuncts for chest clearance like flutter, acapella etc.
- Devise a safe and an effective plan of care for patients with different pathophysiological conditions including postoperatively and relate precautions and modification of therapeutic interventions.
Komal Deokule is a Board Certified Cardiovascular andPulmonary Clinical Specialist and the founder of VitalPhysical Therapy out-patient practice specializing in cardiovascular and pulmonary out-patients. She is also anadjunct faculty at the University of St. Augustine, CA teaching the cardiopulmonary course in the DPT program. She was recently featured in a local Newspaper in SanDiego for her entrepreneurship by opening a niche outpatient PT clinic, the only one of its kind in San Diego. She was also interviewed by the PT Talker and highlighted inthe Cardiovascular and Pulmonary section Newsletter of APTA as a lead expert in the cardiopulmonary PhysicalTherapy field. Komal earned a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Maharaja Sayajirao University, India in 1992 and MSc in Physiotherapy (cardiopulmonary) from University College of London, Britain (UK), in 1999. Komal has over 20 years of clinical experience as a cardiopulmonary Physical Therapist. Her international experience includes several years of practice as a clinical specialist in UK, NZ and India. She has worked with patients with heart-lung,liver transplants, cardiac and thoracic surgeries, mobilizing medically complex patients in ICUs, and in outpatientcardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. She was responsible for the initiation of some PT led cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs in the UK and developed several assessment tools and informational packets. In the US she has worked in various practice settings like acutecare, SNF, home health, out-patient and has been actively involved in inservice education and journal club.
Komal has a keen interest in research and has presented her work at international conferences. She served as areviewer for the journal for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC). Her academic achievements include a survey on rehabilitation of ventilated patients in ICU looking into rehabilitation techniques used at different stages of weaning. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals and her article titled Effects of Body position on Gas Exchange with relation to mechanical ventilation and ventilation perfusion matching earned her an ACPRC Medic-Aid Award.
"Komal was exceptional. She presented the information in a very digestible manner and was so excited for the content! It was great!" -PT
"This particular course has given me clarity on how my treatments can profoundly improve my patient's outcomes. I feel like I now have a voice in the medical field laced with evidence-based knowledge and am seeing the immediate positive outcomes!" -Vivian, PT
"Komal Deokule was very knowledgeable. She was able to go in great details regarding the pulmonary system and physiology. Review of the case studies was very helpful. She was able to help me connect lab values, presentation of the patient to therapy treatment and intervention." -S Soriano, PT
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This course meets the criteria for 14 contact hours (1.4 CEUs).
The VA and DC Boards of Physical Therapy recognizes other states' approvals.
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043 for 14 contact hours (1.4 CEUs) - Intermediate level.
Occupational Therapy Process: Assessment, Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.
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