Live Webinar for Therapists. Complete both Sessions for 13.5 Contact Hours (1.35 CEUs)
April 8, 10, 15 and 17, 2024
5:40 pm EST • 4:40 pm CST • 3:40 pm MST • 2:40 pm PST (US)
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Therapists working with patients in ICU face complex challenges. An important clinical scenario found in patients during an ICU stay is the limitation and deterioration of functional status. For selected patients in ICU, early mobility and physical activity can lead to an increase in functional capacity and improve quality of life. It is also possible to have an associated decreased length of hospital stay and subsequent reduction in hospital costs. The content of this course will guide clinicians through the process of understanding and managing adult ICU patients from patient selection, therapeutic interventions to choice of outcome measures. This course is also designed to inspire clinicians to reflect on and understand the clinical principles which promote best practices and positively influence the recovery of patients in ICU
- Identify relevant medical information and equipment settings in the environment of the ICU that influences decision making during the evaluation and treatment of a patient
- Apply at least two current literature and evidenced-based trends to progress functional recovery for patients that suffer critical illness
- Apply exercise physiology principles to prescribe an effective exercise program
- Implement an integrative rehabilitation plan to address pulmonary dysfunction
- Analyze the complexity of critical illness via a case scenario to develop an evaluation and intervention approach to provide comprehensive care
PTs, OTs and SLPs working in an acute care setting with primarily adults. The focus will be on cardiovascular and pulmonary critical illness. It is recommended that participants have a basic knowledge of lines, tubes and ventilators. If not, it is recommended you review this online course: “Lines, Tubes, Ventilators and Diagnostic Screening for Stability vs Instability: Cardiopulmonary Examination and Monitoring.” available on the Education Resources, Inc. website: www.educationresourcesinc.com
Chris Wells is a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist in the Department of Rehabilitation Services at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is a Fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine. She delivers patient care in the intensive care setting and assists with program and staff development, clinical competencies, and oversees clinical research opportunities for therapists. Dr. Wells holds a bachelor’s degree and advanced master’s degree in physical therapy and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Department of Developmental Movement, from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an appointment as Associate Professor, Adjunct position, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science where she lectures in the areas of cardiopulmonary dysfunction, and rehabilitation and acute care practice. She is an active member within the Academy of Cardiopulmonary of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Wells’ line of funded research is in the rehabilitation and functional outcomes for the older adult suffering critical illness and hospital acquired disability.
Chris Wells receives an honorarium from Education Resources, Inc.
She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Wells was a great presenter, very knowledgeable from both a didactic standpoint and clinical standpoint. She has a wealth of expertise and personal anecdotes, and comes across as a strong, competent clinician while also being humble, inquisitive, approachable as a person/professional. Her delivery of content was thorough and I appreciated her humor throughout. I am grateful she took her time to speak/lecture with us. --Lauren W.
This course was amazing for anyone working in acute care, especially with medically complex patients. It is a great refresher to help with clinical decision making and progressing early mobility in the hospital setting. -Lauren Z., PT
"This is the ICU education I should have had since day one! Thank you! Chris had a passion for her work resembling almost her passion in life. It was inspiring to learn from her and I'm looking forward to implementing my new found skills to change lives." -Chris, OT
"Chris speaks with enthusiasm and passion presenting her information clearly with solid experience backing her up.I left the seminar feeling prepared to do a better job working in ICU/CCU." -Janet Duxbury, PT
"Chris is invigorating! Her passion and expertise seep through her skin and into your brain. This course is a must for any OT or PT working in the ICU." -N DeNicoloa, OT
"Chris's passion and energy about the care of patients with critical illness is truly inspirational! I have been to many of her courses and can never hear the material too many times." -T. Haney, PT
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