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.
- CEU DETAILS
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 L. Wells, PT, PhD, CCS, ATC is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. She has a Bachelors and Masters in Physical Therapy and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Department of Developmental Movement from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. Dr. Wells' primary teaching responsibilities within the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science is in the areas of pathophysiology and rehabilitation for patient with cardiovascular and pulmonary dysfunction and acute care practice. Beyond her faculty responsibilities at the University, Dr. Wells also serves as a Clinical Cardiopulmonary Specialist in the Department of Rehabilitation Services at the University of Maryland Medical Center where she primarily delivers patient care in the intensive care setting and assist with program and staff development. Professionally, she is an active member within the Cardiopulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, serving as the Chair of Research Committees. She serves on the editorial board for the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal and is a board member for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Baltimore Chapter.
"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
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
3015 N Ballas Rd.
Auditoriums 1, 2 & 3
St. Louis, MO 63131
This course meets the criteria for 13.5 contact hours (1.35 CEU's).
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 13.5 contact hours - Intermediate Level Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention.
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