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The Skilled Nursing Facility Conundrum
by Toni Patt
Last week I was involved in a discussion regarding membership in the APTA. For once the topic wasn't new graduates but therapists who were members but no longer are. The question was, what would it take to bring them back in? What do they value? I responded 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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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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Combining PT and ST
by Toni Patt
Lately I've had the opportunity to work with a wonderful ST. We bounce ideas off each other. We've even managed to co-treat a few times. In the course of working together, we've observed that improvement in one discipline carries over to improvement in Read More...
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CSM 2011
by Toni Patt
This year I made it to CSM. Everything fell into place. New Orleans is 6 hours from Houston. My facility paid my registration. I found a cheap hotel room close to the convention center. Now that I'm back I'm still working on defining my perceptions and Read More...
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Futile Care or Best Practice?
by Toni Patt
I worked with a patient this weekend that made me question some of the things I automatically do. He is a 16-year-old boy with a severe head injury. All of his physicians are in agreement that his prognosis is poor. I was consulted for family training Read More...
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Animals and Therapy
by Toni Patt
There is an article in the latest edition of the electronic version of ADVANCE . It describes using dogs to help with therapy. One of the examples used was a child handing a toy to a dog. In doing so, the child worked on coactivation of trunk muscles, Read More...
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