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Sometimes Even the Doctor is Wrong
by Toni Patt
I had a good laugh this morning. A doctor was ranting and raving that an order he'd written two weeks ago still hadn't been followed. The order was for a pressure-relieving shoe for a patient with a plantar wound. The doctor was very upset. He was making Read More...
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Overtime Issues
by Toni Patt
I've noticed a growing trend to prohibit overtime. Until recently, overtime was frowned on but permitted if caseload supported it. That isn't happening anymore. The same is true to a lesser extent for using contract labor to fill staffing gaps. Many facilities Read More...
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Secondary Gains
by Toni Patt
If you work in physical therapy, sooner or later you're going to encounter a patient, friend or relative who is making secondary gains off the patient's illness. In my experience, this usually revolves around money or special attention. I have a patient Read More...
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How Old is Too Old for Therapy?
by Toni Patt
Today at lunch we were talking about how much older our patients are today compared to years past. Someone observed that many of our older patients just want to stay in bed. They are worn out from living. She went on to say that when you've reached 90 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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Volunteering Update
by Toni Patt
In past posts, I've expressed frustration at volunteering for various opportunities within the APTA and the Neurology Section. A few months ago, I was nominated for a position on the nominating committee for the stroke special interest group. The results Read More...
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My Fear of Maintenance Therapy
by Toni Patt
Last week in his post, fellow ADVANCE blogger Dean Metz shared some good news . CMS has ruled the need for skilled intervention, not functional improvement, makes therapy reimbursable. This means, as he pointed out, patients with chronic conditions can Read More...
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It's All About the Money
by Toni Patt
If I had any doubt that patient-focused healthcare was a thing of the past, I don't anymore. Last weekend, a situation arose that showed me charging for services was more important than patient care. I work full-time at one facility and help out at another. Read More...
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'I Am a Troublemaker'
by Toni Patt
Last week I described being warned not to make trouble by reporting the nurses watching the baby camera while at work. I've been thinking about that. Why would I be the troublemaker for reporting someone else doing something wrong? Shouldn't it be the Read More...
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My Horse is a Therapy Animal
by Toni Patt
The positive influence of animals on healing is well known. Caring Critters now make regular visits to various facilities within the Houston area. Dogs can be certified as therapy animals. Horses are used for hippotherapy with great results. Now I'm going Read More...
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Return to Manual Therapy... Not
by Toni Patt
This week a patient was referred to therapy because of neck pain. I quickly determined she had a mechanical derangement of her cervical spine. Something was locked in the upper cervical region that prevented her from rotating. Her complaints were inability Read More...
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Finally Something I Enjoy
by Toni Patt
Anyone who reads my blog with regularity knows the last year has been a struggle for me. I lost my beloved job. I was fired for being ethical. I encountered more than my share of unethical and self-serving people. During all of that, I hung on and kept Read More...
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Not All Patients Work on the Weekend
by Toni Patt
This morning while I was walking a patient, I overheard another patient walking behind us. She was telling the CNA taking her to the dining room that she recognized me from the weekend. She was upset with me because I came to take her to therapy and she Read More...
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