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Blatant Rudeness
by Toni Patt
Usually when I go on a teaching trip, I have wonderful students. For the most part they pay attention. I get good questions. Some have fallen asleep because they drove three hours to get there. Others are obviously there for the CEUs. Last week I had 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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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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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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Well-Meaning Relatives
by Toni Patt
The first thing I heard when I got to work Monday morning were tales of the well-meaning relatives. We all know the type. They try to help but only make things worse. Or, with the patient's best interest in mind, they interfere with just about everything Read More...
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Prioritizing Patients
by Toni Patt
In order to compensate for escalating case loads and inadequate staffing, prioritizing who to see each day has become a way of life. Sometimes my day is easier because patients are unavailable. Generally I start every day deciding who needs therapy the Read More...
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Nursing Isn't the Problem
by Toni Patt
There's an ongoing struggle between PTs and nursing over who is responsible for getting patients out of bed. Both agree patients need to get out of bed. Easily transferred patients get out of bed regularly. The disagreement arises over max and total-assist Read More...
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'I'm Not Going Back to That Place'
by Toni Patt
Last weekend I evaluated a woman who had been readmitted to the facility after yet another hospitalization. Before I could start taking a history, she told me she was never returning to that hospital. She was particularly upset with the therapy department. Read More...
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What's the Purpose of a PM & R Doctor?
by Toni Patt
Until recently, I had never worked closely with PM & R (physical medicine & rehabilitation) physicians. When I worked at the "evil empire," I dealt exclusively with neurologists. Some were good. Some weren't so good. Either way, their purpose Read More...
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‘I Can't Wait Until I Can Walk Again'
by Toni Patt
Last Saturday, one of my patients at the SNF was a woman with left femoral neck and humeral shaft fractures. She'd undergone an ORIF to repair the hip and the arm was immobilized. She was NWB on both extremities. Like many of our patients, this was not Read More...
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Horse Show or TPTA Conference?
by Toni Patt
This afternoon I received the monthly email from the Texas Physical Therapy Association. It contained a prospectus for the upcoming annual conference and early registration. This is much smaller than the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, probably not Read More...
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What If It Happened to Me?
by Toni Patt
Every time I teach, I travel to different cities. Each course brings questions and stories about past and present patients. The general theme of these conversations is either to ask advice or describe a success story. Last week I heard something different. Read More...
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The New Manager
by Toni Patt
The rehab director at my SNF is new. She took over the position about the same time I started the job. Whereas I've worked in many SNFs, this is her first management job and it shows. For the past few weeks, she has been making beginner mistakes. Most Read More...
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