As the role of the physical therapist continues to grow in hospital Emergency Departments & Urgent Care settings, there is a need for clinicians to be comfortable and effective providing care in these environments. Learn to distinguish sources of pathology, conduct an efficient physical exam, and administer interventions even when limited to one or few episodes of care.
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This course will provide a broad overview of physical therapist services commonly provided in the Emergency Department, the value they provide, and specific practice models implemented by existing ED PT programs. It will focus on two distinct aspects of ED PT practice.
The first part will describe various aspects of administrative considerations including billing, reimbursement, and documentation specific to the ED setting.
The second part will outline contemporary and fundamental principles associated with management of spinal conditions, highlighting specific considerations for providing such care in the ED setting.
Finally, the course will focus on summarizing and describing contemporary and fundamental principles associated with management of conditions affecting the extremities that commonly are managed by ED PTs. In addition, this section will outline approaches to screening patients at risk for falls and managing
patients with vestibular conditions that receive care in the ED.
After taking this course, participants will:
1. Develop a clear understanding of the value that the physical therapist provides for patients in emergency settings and provide specific examples.
2. Compare and contrast differences and similarities between billing, reimbursement, and documentation in ED PT and outpatient PT settings.
3. Outline fundamental principles for managing patients with spinal conditions in the ED setting.
4. Apply fundamental principles for managing patients with conditions affecting the extremities in the ED setting.
5. Identify criteria that place patients presenting to the ED at risk for falls.
6. Choose approaches that may be used to manage patients with vestibular conditions in the ED
Michael Lebec is an accomplished physical therapist and tenured professor who previously served in the Emergency Department (ED) at St. Joseph’s Carondelet Hospital in Tucson, AZ. This program was among the first to offer full time PT service in the ED and was featured in the September 2000 issue of PT magazine. He authored six peer reviewed publications and multiple national and international presentations related to this practice while also acting as a development consultant for many developing and existing U.S. ED Physical Therapy programs. In 2011, he founded and has since served as moderator for the ED PT Focus Group within the Acute Care Section of the APTA and served on the APTA ED task force which worked to develop resources for individuals interested in expanding practice into this environment. His work has been featured as an innovative approach to health care by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, AHC Media, and the APTA who selected him as one of 18 practice innovators at the 2013 APTA Innovations Summit in Washington DC. Dr. Lebec has been teaching in higher education for over 20 years and recently joined the University of Pittsburgh as a faculty member in their developing hybrid DPT program.
Once you purchase an online course you will have access to the course materials. If you have purchased this course, please ensure you have logged in to your account in order to take the exam.
Once you purhcase an online course, you will have the opportunity to take an exam to test your retention of the material. If you have purchased this course, please ensure you have logged in to your account in order to take the exam. The exam must be completed with a pass rate of 80% or more in order to receive your certificate of attendance.
Continuing Education Hours for disciplines not listed below: 3.5 contact hours (0.35 CEUs). Intermediate level. Participants License #______________. Approved sponsor by the State of IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy for 4 contact hours. Approved provider by the NY State Board of Physical Therapy for 4 contact hours (0.4 CEUs). Education Resources is an approved agency by the PT Board of CA for 3.5 contact hours. This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners accredited provider #1910017TX for 3.5 CCUs and meets continuing competence requirements for PTs and PTAs licensure renewal in TX.
The following state boards of physical therapy accept other states’ approval: AK, AR, AZ, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, KS, MI, MO, MS, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VA, VT, WI, WY. The following state boards of physical therapy either do not require course pre-approval or do not require CEUs for re-licensure: AL, CO, CT, IA, MA, ME, MT, NE, ND, NH, SD, WA.
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