NEW ICU and Acute Care Course Added for 2016 and 2017

We are excited to announce a new course added to our offerings:

ICU and Acute Care: From Early Mobilization to Discharge Decisions

[caption id="attachment_3751" align="alignright" width="129"]Chris Wells, PT, PhD, CCS, ATC Chris Wells, PT, PhD, CCS, ATC[/caption]

Presented by Chris L. Wells, PT, PhD, CCS, ATC, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.

In this course the speaker will first discuss the multisystem adverse effects of critical illness and the impact the sequelae have on the rehabilitation process. The current philosophy is for early mobilization to decrease the rate of functional deficits and disability. In this medical model the therapist needs to have a sharp set of skills in assessment and optimal interventions given the activity tolerance of the patient.  This discussion will establish the framework for the remainder of the course by addressing pertinent evaluation skills and intervention plans with the goal to restore function across the continuum of care. This course will discuss the interpretation of vital signs beyond the basics and system review as it relates to critical illness. The participants will gain a clinical decision framework to determine medical stability and exercise tolerance that will improve the exercise prescription of patients recovering from critical illness.

Another section of this course will focus on understanding dyspnea and fatigue which are two common barriers to activity tolerance.  The participants will learn how to examine chest wall mechanics, breathing pattern, cough effectiveness and incorporate interventions to improve function. This course will explore the evidence for advanced intervention for patients on advanced medical support devices and who are suffering from the common iatrogenic effects of hospitalization.

Finally the participants will be engaged in a case study to discuss integration of clinical information and problem solving for a successful patient encounter.

Please click here for full course details, a schedule, CEU information, venue details and to download a brochure

December 2-3, 2016 Indianapolis, IN  
January 28-29, 2017 Hollywood, FL
April 7-8, 2017 Burlington, WI
May 19-20, 2017 Washington, DC
July 22-23, 2017 West Columbia, SC
September 16-17, 2017 Freehold, NJ
October 21-22, 2017 Visalia, CA