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Why I Became a PT
by Toni Patt
I was asked this question on Sunday by someone who doesn't know me very well. I had to stop and think a minute before replying. The answer is I don't remember. I remember applying to PT school. I remember PT school. I remember deciding I liked acute care Read More...
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Request for Submissions
by Toni Patt
It's that time of year again. The company that I teach for is requesting submissions for an education summit next year. I'm supposed to select a topic, describe what it is and why I think people would be interested. Then I submit that and five references Read More...
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My Worlds are Colliding
by Toni Patt
Anyone who knows me is aware that I have two lives. One is my professional life. The other is my horses. Thanks to planning and a little luck, I've always been able to avoid scheduling conflicts. Sure there's been the occasional afternoon scramble to Read More...
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‘We're All Gonna Need Physical Therapy Soon'
by Toni Patt
I spent last weekend at a horse show in San Antonio. Even though I had both show horses with me, there was still a lot of down time. Since everything is close quarters it's easy to overhear conversations. While I was waiting I was surprised to hear someone Read More...
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You Can't Discharge Her, the Family Will Complain
by Toni Patt
We've all had patients we've kept on caseload longer than necessary. Sometimes it's just one more day until discharge. I've occasionally kept patients on caseload because they wouldn't get out of bed unless I did it. When I worked in the ICU, I'd keep Read More...
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Are Groups the Answer?
by Toni Patt
One of the take-home messages from the APTA Combined Sections Meeting last month was that more therapy is better. I think everyone agrees with that. What we can't agree on, or even figure out for that matter, is how to squeeze more therapy into an already Read More...
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Customer Service
by Toni Patt
I don't think you can work in healthcare for any length of time without attending the mandatory customer service inservice. It usually includes a segment on making upset customers happy. In our case, that would be patients and families. One strategy is Read More...
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Bariatric Patients are Nationwide
by Toni Patt
One of the benefits I get from traveling is talking to therapists in different parts of the country. Things are not the same all over the country but there are a few recurring themes. We all agree that our patients are getting bigger. I started including Read More...
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Agitation or Aggression?
by Toni Patt
Recently we had an elderly man on caseload with a diagnosis of advanced dementia. It was obvious he was in the later stages of the process. He couldn't follow commands. His swallow was diminished. He was disoriented times three and demonstrated poor motor Read More...
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Dosage Matters
by Toni Patt
There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the Read More...
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An Attendee's Perspective
by Toni Patt
LAS VEGAS -- The 2014 Combined Sections Meeting is getting started. I've been in Las Vegas since Saturday evening for my preconference course. It was two days of sitting for eight hours listening to people read information off slides. The next three days Read More...
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It's Time for CSM
by Toni Patt
It's almost that time of year again when thousands of us gather for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. This year we're in Las Vegas. According to what I've read, they're expecting more than 10,000 PTs and PTAs to attend. I'm going. To use a Texas-like Read More...
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Merit Raise
by Toni Patt
This week I received confirmation that I would be getting a merit pay raise. It was explained to me that merit raises are based on years of employment and not linked to job performance. Thus everyone who's been there one year gets the same percentage Read More...
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Working While Sick
by Toni Patt
Deciding whether or not to call in sick to work is one of those decisions everyone dreads. Some don't want to let their coworkers down. Others don't want to waste the PTO. I've never heard a universal guideline published. Although the unspoken one seems Read More...
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Is Diathermy a Skilled Therapy?
by Toni Patt
One of my OT coworkers and I have fallen into bicker back and forth in fun. We have an unspoken agreement to agree to disagree. Usually we find some middle ground until the topic of diathermy came up. We disagree about whether this is a skilled therapy Read More...
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