With recent advances in medical care, patients with multiple medical problems are living longer. These patients are seen in many different physical and occupational therapy settings where their characteristic limited tolerance to activity and exercise presents a challenge to clinicians. Most of the tried and true therapy techniques are not useful with patients who are sick and deconditioned. This course is meant to address this challenging situation. It focuses on objective parameters that can be used to assess these clients and monitor their progress. Ideas for care plans are included as well as a strong emphasis on clinical interventions. In the productivity-oriented rehab environments in which we work now, this course is timely in the information and skills it presents.
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- Define medically complex patients
- Medically complex patients in a productivity-oriented rehab atmosphere
- Monitoring dyspnea
- Altered mental status
- Fatigue and Borg RPE
- Rating pain
- Measuring edema
- Common Lab Values
- Rehab with Abnormal Lab Values
- Vital signs
- Response to exercise with vital signs
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Early mobility
- Interval training
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on the skills necessary while working with patients with decreased activity/exercise.
- List typical functional problems common to medically complex patients
- Identify how to assess and measure these problems
- Recognize special rehab needs of clients with COPD, CHF, cancer, CKD
- List interventions for these diagnoses when activity/exercise tolerance is limited
- List important elements in care plans for medically complex patients
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Contact Hours: 4 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Nursing
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Financial – Lorie Schleck is employed by Home Care PT and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service