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Scheduling Conflict
by Michael Kelley
I've got a bone to pick with you outpatient therapists! When I first started working at the hospital, our inpatient office was right next door to the front office of our outpatient department. It was pretty easy to listen to some of the phone calls come Read More...
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Are You Competent?
by Michael Kelley
Every year, our department completes a series of competencies designed to ensure our compliance with and understanding of basic hospital policies and procedures as well as more departmental-specific things. It is apparently a Joint Commission requirement Read More...
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Professionalism vs. Personality
by Michael Kelley
So a while back, I was working with a patient who just had a total knee replacement. She was mobilizing well, but kept looking down at her feet while she walked. So I stood next to her and looked down at the ground where she was looking and said, "I have Read More...
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Patient or Victim?
by Michael Kelley
This past weekend most of us in the US enjoyed a nice three-day weekend in honor of Memorial Day. I had the opportunity to catch up on some news and came across an article online about a soldier who had lost all four limbs after a bomb exploded under Read More...
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A Salute to Occupational Therapists
by Michael Kelley
April is National Occupational Therapy Month, so I'm devoting this week's blog to honoring all occupational therapists and the great work that they do! In PT school, I don't remember learning a lot about OTs. During my clinical rotations I had the opportunity Read More...
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Running for Boston
by Michael Kelley
In the fall of 1993, at the ripe old age of seven, I followed my older brother to Portage Park a couple blocks from our house to our grade school's cross country team practice. In what I'm sure was a pretty pathetic effort, I ran my mile around the park Read More...
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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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A Blog of Olympic Proportion
by Michael Kelley
Have you all seen what has been going on in Russia the last few weeks? No, not all that business with the Ukraine and Crimea (although honestly when was the last time one country just up and annexed part of another country? Seriously, it's been a while!). Read More...
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Do You Have the Right Stuff?
by Michael Kelley
I've written before about the obesity epidemic in this country and the potential impact PTs can have in perhaps helping turn the tide in this seemingly endless battle. But when dealing with obesity, prevention isn't everything. As PTs, we are tasked every Read More...
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Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall
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 #4 -- "What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?") When 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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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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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 Great Weight Debate
by Michael Kelley
I'm going to take a stab this week at a rather touchy subject. If you haven't already figured it out, one of my passions in life is being active. I'm not some sort of gym-rat or anything like that, but I try to eat healthy and work out regularly. I was Read More...
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