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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 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

Module Goals

Module 2: Nervous, Vascular, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary and Endocrine Systems
Course Goals and Objectives

Course 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

  1. Discuss the responsibilities of the nervous system.
  2. Identify the importance of patient neurological examinations.
  3. Define nystagmus.
  4. Discuss lower motor neuron disease and neuropathy.
  5. Identify motor function test and their significance.
  6. Explain patient restrictions following a myelogram.
  7. List risk factors for CVA.
  8. Discuss symptoms related to the patient complaint of being dizzy.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of Lou Gehrigs disease.
  10. Discuss therapeutic goals when treating patients with primary neurologic pathology in the acute care setting.
  11. Discuss vascular evaluation.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of an aortic diessection
  13. Recognize varicose veins as opposed to compartment syndrome, venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
  14. Discuss the causes of iron deficiency.
  15. Define embolization therapy.
  16. List classifications of GI disorders.
  17. Define dysphagia and other motility disorders.
  18. Recognize signs and symptoms of Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, malabsorption syndromes, and intestinal tumors.
  19. Describe cirrhosis and differentiate it from hepatic encephalopathy, cholecystisis with cholelithiasis and hepatitis.
  20. Demonstrate knowledge of the physical therapists primary goals when working with patients who have genitourinary dysfunction.
  21. Explain chronic renal failure and nephrolithiasis and differentiate them from other renal system dysfunctions.
  22. Describe renal artery stenosis or occlusion.
  23. Identify renal replacement therapies.
  24. Discuss treatment interventions for patients with Type 1 diabetes.
  25. Differentiate between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
  26. Explain adjustments necessary in treatment for endocrine and metabolic patients whose medication regimen is being adjusted.