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Treating a Difficult Patient
by Toni Patt
"I'm paying to be here and be taken care of. You will do what I tell you." It's bad enough we struggle for respect from physicians and occasionally other disciplines. I would say the majority of the population doesn't know what we do or the amount of Read More...
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APTA Membership: Cost vs. Benefit
by Toni Patt
I've been reading the responses to my various blogs over the past few weeks . The responses seem to be echoing what I've been saying. Hardly anyone has had anything to say in support of the APTA. Many explain why they don't belong. The general consensus Read More...
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Remaking PT in the Image of Nursing
by Toni Patt
We've had a changing of the guard where I work. A couple of months ago upper management reorganized. Last month the previous rehab manager was asked to step down. A new manager was appointed with the mandate to clean up the department. Changes have been Read More...
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It's Time to Renew My APTA Membership
by Toni Patt
It's that time of year again. I just opened my mail and found my APTA renewal notice. For a mere $585, I can continue to receive all the benefits of membership. This amount includes APTA membership, Texas chapter membership and membership in three sections. Read More...
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Who Is Going to Pay for This?
by Toni Patt
As I've read the responses my latest blogs have generated , I've noticed a few common threads. Everyone seems to be in agreement on the problems. We might not prioritize them in the same order but all agree they exist. We also agree the APTA is either Read More...
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Doesn't the APTA See It?
by Toni Patt
For the past few weeks, I've been writing about problems facing the physical therapy profession . These include tunnel vision focused on direct access and practice without referral. Another is the public perception of who we are and what we do. Still Read More...
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The Things I Hear at Horse Shows
by Toni Patt
Last weekend was another horse show. During the downtime, I was involved in two conversations that illustrate some of the points I frequently make. The first occurred between two women who didn't know I'm a PT. The second occurred with a high school senior Read More...
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The Perception About PT
by Toni Patt
Last weekend I had dinner with some friends. One of my newer acquaintances knew what a physical therapist does. First he wanted to know what clinic I worked at. When I told him I work in a hospital, he wanted to know how I liked working with shoulders Read More...
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Offering a Therapist Recommendation
by Toni Patt
"I need therapy. Refer me to someone who knows what they're doing." This was an actual request to me last week. One of our CNAs has an Achilles tendon injury. She has been wearing a moon boot for a few weeks. Last week her physician ordered physical therapy Read More...
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Whose Profession Is It?
by Toni Patt
Two weeks ago I attended a Texas Physical Therapy Association meeting. The speaker was Mike Conners, president of the TPTA. Last week I discussed my belief the APTA is too focused on issues, such as direct access, that do not affect the majority of PTs Read More...
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What About the Rest of Us?
by Toni Patt
Last week, I went to a meeting of the Texas Physical Therapy Association Southeast District. Mike Conners, the TPTA president, was speaking. His topic was the future of physical therapy and increasing awareness of legislative action in the Texas congress. Read More...
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No Lifting Rules
by Toni Patt
I have a new thing to be upset about, mechanical lifts. Yes, they've been around awhile. Yes, we've all used them. It's pretty much a given that any transfer performed with one is not a functional transfer. Still, as therapists we managed to avoid their Read More...
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Things Have Changed Since I Went to PT School
by Toni Patt
Lately I've been getting comments on my blog posts from people seeking advice about entering the PT profession, and asking how or why I became a physical therapist. The answers to both of those questions are complex. The medical environment today is significantly Read More...
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Our New Cell Phone Policy at Work
by Toni Patt
Last Friday our facility cell phone policy was clarified. There is to be no cell phone use at work except while on break or at lunch. Anyone caught using a cell phone will receive a written warning. Cell phones should not be seen on the nursing units Read More...
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What to Do When They Bring It on Themselves
by Toni Patt
People who work in healthcare are familiar with the term "frequent flyer." It refers to patients admitted over and over to the same facility in a short period of time. We have our share where I work. Most of them have chronic medical problems that are Read More...
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