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Can You Describe Your Dizziness?
by Michael Kelley
We've all seen it before... a patient comes into your hospital or clinic complaining of the dreaded "dizziness." It's been said that dizziness is one of the most difficult subjective symptoms to diagnose because it can be caused by such a wide variety Read More...
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The Gold Medal of PT Settings
by Michael Kelley
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #3 -- "Does the Inpatient or Outpatient Setting Allow Greater PT Read More...
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How Sick Is Too Sick?
by Michael Kelley
When I was a student, I did a clinical rotation at a children's hospital. Now anyone who has worked with kids before or even has kids of their own are well aware of the fact that kids can be, well, germy. Very, very germy. Needless to say, six weeks into Read More...
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Bundled Payments
by Michael Kelley
It sounds like a cable/Internet/phone special being offered by a cable company... but wait... this time the "cable company" is actually the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services! Last year, CMS announced a new payment method called "Bundled Payments." Read More...
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‘Observation' Patients
by Michael Kelley
This week my topic is a suggestion from a friend who is an outpatient therapist: Medicare's observation status. For those unfamiliar, patients with Medicare benefits can have one of two "statuses" while in the hospital. Based on their diagnosis and the Read More...
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Hospice PT
by Michael Kelley
These last few weeks, there has been a particularly troubling story in the news about 13-year-old Jahi McMath. For those unfamiliar with her story, here is an article from CNN , which provides a synopsis of what has taken place over the past month. Briefly, Read More...
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Outpatient PT -- A Different World
by Michael Kelley
So like all PT students, I did one of my clinical rotations at an outpatient clinic. Mine was 10 weeks in a private practice clinic down in North Carolina. My CI was great and I did learn a lot, but really, that was the extent of my outpatient experience. Read More...
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Winter Falls
by Michael Kelley
"‘Twas the season of winter, So if you look right or look left, The elderly are falling, Requiring an ORIF." Okay, so maybe not quite the holiday story we grew up with, but as Old Man Winter once again settles in for the next few months, we're reminded Read More...
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The Doctor is In?
by Michael Kelley
I'm sure it's been written about before, but I'm going to throw my two cents into the mix on the "D" in "DPT." Last weekend I was out of town and stayed with a cousin of my mom's. At some point during their phone conversations before I arrived, my mom Read More...
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Hospital Relationships
by Michael Kelley
We all know that in a hospital, we work as a team. And within that team, certain relationships develop. Now this isn't going to be a post about "Grey's Anatomy"-like activity in the on-call rooms. No, this is going to be a post about navigating relationships Read More...
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PT in the Great Outdoors
by Michael Kelley
I work in a hospital, and like most people who work in hospitals, once you step through those doors in the morning, you generally don't have time to go outside again until you're leaving in the afternoon. I remember in PT school it seemed like any hospital Read More...
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Nerve Blocks and Buckling Knees
by Michael Kelley
Within my hospital system, we have two hospitals where our orthopedic surgeons perform total joint replacements (primarily hips and knees). Their surgical volume is a few thousand cases at each hospital per year. Typically patients stay in the hospital Read More...
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Advice from an Octogenarian
by Michael Kelley
"Don't get old!" I can't begin to tell you how many of my patients have told me this over the last four years. All different people, from different backgrounds and walks of life, admitted to the hospital for different reasons, all with one thing in common... Read More...
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Can Someone Please Turn the Physical Therapist in My Head Off?
by Michael Kelley
I love running. I love it so much that in the past five years I have done the following: 2009 Chicago Half Marathon 2009 Chicago Marathon 2010 Arizona Rock 'n' Roll Marathon 2010 Madison Half Marathon 2010 Pewaukee Sprint Triathlon 2010 Chicago Olympic Read More...
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