This online ce course is offered in cooperation with Elsevier Science Publishing and utilizes text from the textbook “Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapist” Third Edition by Jaime C. Paz, PT, DPT, MS and Michele P. West, MS, PT © 2009
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This newest edition features a user-friendly format with updated information on medications, laboratory and diagnostic tests and invasive procedures pertinent to physical therapy practice. Each chapter includes features designed to help you better manage your hospital-based patients. Focused on evidence-based practice helping you determine the best interventions.
Throughout this continuing education course information included as a review of basic physiologic structure and function. You will find an overview of the medical-surgical workup of a newly admitted patient and a review of pathophysiology that emphasizes signs and symptoms of specific disorders. Also discussed is information on invasive and noninvasive management, including pharmacology and guidelines for physical therapy interventions. Information on new surgical and invasive procedures such as minimally invasive orthopedic surgery and bariatric procedures is also included. Clinical tips have also been included from experienced clinicians on how to maximize safety, quality and efficiency of care.
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 509 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 3 modules. Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle. Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs. You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format.
Available for Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant
Modules In Course
Acute Care for Physical TherapistModule 1: Cardiac, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal SystemsModule Goals and Objectives Module Goals:
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of the Cardiac, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal Stems in the Acute Care setting.Professional Learning Objectives
- Discuss the role of the therapist in the acute care setting.
- Define excitability related to the cardiovascular system.
- Recognize the function of the pulmonary artery in relation to the other great vessels of the heart.
- Differentiate between preload, after load and the Frank-Starling Mechanism.
- List the cardiac reflexes.
- Recognize the pulsus alternans abnormality from other pulse abnormalities.
- Identify test used to detect cardiac arrhythmias and evaluate the functions of the heart.
- Define coronary arterial spasm.
- Discuss symptoms associated with congestive heart failure.
- Discuss the hemodynamically unstable patients.
- Explain therapy interventions implemented to prepare patients for activity.
- Describe the function of the trachea in relation to other structures of primary organs of the respiratory system.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the American Thoracic Society Dyspnea Scale.
- Recognize both the continuous and discontinuous adventitious breath sounds.
- Explain the method of palpating the chest wall during the physical examination.
- Define the pulse oximetry method.
- Discuss pulmonary function test.
- Differentiate chronic bronchitis from other obstructive pulmonary conditions.
- Differentiate atelectasis and empyema from other restrictive pulmonary conditions.
- Define upper-and lower-quarter screens.
- Differentiate bone scans from the other diagnostic tests.
- Discuss the importance of early mobilization following a hip arthroplasty and the benefits for the patient.
- Explain therapy interventions following a knee arthroplasty.
- Recognize limitations following a shoulder arthroplasty.
- Discuss a total femur replacement.
- Recognize equipment used for fractures and soft tissue injury management.
Included in Module 1: Cardiac, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal Systems
Chapter 1: Cardiac Systems
Chapter 2: Respiratory Systems
Chapter 3: Musculoskeletal Systems
Acute Care for Physical Therapist
Module 2: Nervous, Vascular, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary and Endocrine Systems
Module Goals and Objectives Module Goals:
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of the Nervous, Vascular, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary and Endocrine System in the Acute Care setting.Professional Learning Objectives
- Discuss the responsibilities of the nervous system.
- Identify the importance of patient neurological examinations.
- Define nystagmus.
- Discuss lower motor neuron disease and neuropathy.
- Identify motor function test and their significance.
- Explain patient restrictions following a myelogram.
- List risk factors for CVA.
- Discuss symptoms related to the patient complaint of being dizzy.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Lou Gehrigs disease.
- Discuss therapeutic goals when treating patients with primary neurologic pathology in the acute care setting.
- Discuss vascular evaluation.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of an aortic diessection
- Recognize varicose veins as opposed to compartment syndrome, venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
- Discuss the causes of iron deficiency.
- Define embolization therapy.
- List classifications of GI disorders.
- Define dysphagia and other motility disorders.
- Recognize signs and symptoms of Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, malabsorption syndromes, and intestinal tumors.
- Describe cirrhosis and differentiate it from hepatic encephalopathy, cholecystisis with cholelithiasis and hepatitis.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the physical therapists primary goals when working with patients who have genitourinary dysfunction.
- Explain chronic renal failure and nephrolithiasis and differentiate them from other renal system dysfunctions.
- Describe renal artery stenosis or occlusion.
- Identify renal replacement therapies.
- Discuss treatment interventions for patients with Type 1 diabetes.
- Differentiate between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
- Explain adjustments necessary in treatment for endocrine and metabolic patients whose medication regimen is being adjusted.
Included in Module 2: Nervous, Vascular, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary and Endocrine Systems
Chapter 4: Nervous System
Chapter 6: Vascular System and Hematology
Chapter 8: Gastrointestinal System
Chapter 9: Genitourinary System
Chapter 11: Endocrine System
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Module 3: Oncology, Wounds, Infectious Disease and Organ Transplantation
Module Goals and Objectives Module Goals:
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Oncology, Wounds, Infectious Disease and Organ Transplantation in the Acute Care setting.Professional Learning Objectives
- Discuss signs and symptoms of cancer and their effect on treatment options.
- Differentiate between the stage and grade of cancer and their role in determining appropriate treatment options.
- Differentiate between immunotherapy, hormonal therapy and chemotherapy.
- Explain treatment focus points for gastrointestinal cancer and genitourinary cancer.
- List four major classifications of brain tumors.
- Identify clinical significant variations of the skin.
- Demonstrate knowledge in the zones of coagulation.
- Differentiate between the different depths of burns.
- Discuss inhalation injuries.
- Identify different scar types secondary to wounds.
- Explain appropriate timing for therapy intervention following a burn.
- Discuss primary goals of physical therapy intervention for patients with burn injuries.
- Demonstrate knowledge of complex healing process of a wound.
- Discuss key focus points when assessing the healing process of a wound.
- Explain appropriate debridement mechanisms.
- List the forms of selective debridement.
- Define Immunodeficiency.
- Differentiate between nosocomial infections and subclinical infections.
- Identify observations that should be documented during the physical examination of a patient with an infectious disease.
- Discuss signs and symptoms of skin infections.
- Define sepsis and the effects of sepsis on a patient.
- List the different types of organ transplants.
- Identify basic criteria to be considered for an organ transplant.
- Explain the major complications associated with organ transplantation.
- Differentiate between postoperative care for liver and kidney transplants.
- Discuss post operative care for patients who have just undergone lung transplantation.
- Explain exercise methods used for bone marrow transplant patients.
Included in Module 3: Oncology, Wounds, Infectious Disease and Organ Transplantation
Chapter 5: Oncology
Chapter 7: Burns and Wounds
Chapter 10: Infectious Diseases
Chapter 12: Organ Transplantation