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Course Description

This online ce course utilizes content 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, published by Elsevier.
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 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. 

Module Description

Included in Module 1: Cardiac, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal Systems
Chapter 1:  Cardiac Systems
Chapter 2:  Respiratory Systems
Chapter 3:  Musculoskeletal Systems

Module Goals

Module 1: Cardiac, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal Systems

Course Goals and Objectives

Course 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

  1. Discuss the role of the therapist in the acute care setting.
  2. Define excitability related to the cardiovascular system.
  3. Recognize the function of the pulmonary artery in relation to the other great vessels of the heart.
  4. Differentiate between preload, after load and the Frank-Starling Mechanism.
  5. List the cardiac reflexes.
  6. Recognize the pulsus alternans abnormality from other pulse abnormalities.
  7. Identify test used to detect cardiac arrhythmias and evaluate the functions of the heart.
  8. Define coronary arterial spasm.
  9. Discuss symptoms associated with congestive heart failure.
  10. Discuss the hemodynamically unstable patients.
  11. Explain therapy interventions implemented to prepare patients for activity.
  12. Describe the function of the trachea in relation to other structures of primary organs of the respiratory system.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of the American Thoracic Society Dyspnea Scale.
  14. Recognize both the continuous and discontinuous adventitious breath sounds.
  15. Explain the method of palpating the chest wall during the physical examination.
  16. Define the pulse oximetry method.
  17. Discuss pulmonary function test.
  18. Differentiate chronic bronchitis from other obstructive pulmonary conditions.
  19. Differentiate atelectasis and empyema from other restrictive pulmonary conditions.
  20. Define upper-and lower-quarter screens.
  21. Differentiate bone scans from the other diagnostic tests.
  22. Discuss the importance of early mobilization following a hip arthroplasty and the benefits for the patient.
  23. Explain therapy interventions following a knee arthroplasty.
  24. Recognize limitations following a shoulder arthroplasty.
  25. Discuss a total femur replacement.
  26. Recognize equipment used for fractures and soft tissue injury management.