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Continuing Education Should Be Evidence-Based
by Toni Patt
I'm a peer reviewer for the Texas continuing education program. I review submissions for neuro, geriatric, acute and general so I get to see a lot what is being proposed for continuing education. Texas has a specific form that must be completed for each Read More...
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What Do I Include in CEUs?
by Toni Patt
Recently I took on another challenge, writing a CEU module. When I agreed to do it, I thought no problem. This is what I teach. I already have an outline and references. I can just fill in the words. After I started writing, I realized something. When Read More...
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Time and Money
by Toni Patt
Now that I'm home from CSM, I've had an opportunity to process all of the information. Most of the presentations were excellent. Those that weren't purely theoretical had a common theme. We have to maximize what we do because we're spending less and less Read More...
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Being Put on the Spot
by Toni Patt
I believe I've mentioned being a certified McKenzie therapist in my former (pre-neuro) life. I still use those skills, particularly when one of my horses needs some work. However, I generally don't talk about it. I like to avoid those "why aren't you Read More...
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What Is a Physical Therapist Extender?
by Toni Patt
Reading Jason Marketti's blog last week reminded me of a discussion we're having here in Texas. It's called RC-3 and is an amendment to the Texas Physical Therapy Practice Act. It proposes unlicensed individuals such as athletic trainers and massage therapists Read More...
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Very Acute Therapy
by Toni Patt
This week I found myself at an outpatient orthopedic clinic treating work-related injuries. The clinic was one of several in the area. They have agreements with many local industries to provide medical and therapy services to injured employees. The injured Read More...
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Four an Hour is Three Too Many
by Toni Patt
Last Friday a former student of mine called. She is doing an outpatient affiliation now and is stressing out. She is having trouble keeping up. She has four patients every hour and is staying late to complete her notes. I told her not to worry. She knows Read More...
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The Problem with Scooters
by Toni Patt
I'm not a fan of electric scooters. In my mind, they've gone from a mobility option to a passive enabler. That doesn't mean there aren't people who benefit from them. They're a Godsend for elders residing in assisted-living facilities where the dining Read More...
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Working While Injured
by Toni Patt
This morning, one of the OTs I work with came in on crutches. She'd hurt her foot over the weekend and wasn't able to bear weight through it. She said she thought she would be OK because she could do most of her work sitting down. Occupational Health Read More...
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Mortality is a Topic for Discussion
by Toni Patt
Throughout my career, the focus has always been on the positive. How the patient will improve. Identifying what goals can be achieved. Negatives were discussed only as barriers to positive outcomes. Death is only discussed in terms of someone having died, Read More...
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Therapeutic Hypocrisy
by Toni Patt
The annual Houston Marathon was a hot topic at last week's district TPTA meeting. Our leadership came under fire for providing free massages to the runners after completing the course. This practice has been going for several years and I have never supported Read More...
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What Not to Say on a Date
by Toni Patt
It's been a while since I've heard something that really offended me. I don't mean upset where I can get over it quickly. I was offended and no apology was going fix it. I was having dinner with a date who was trying to impress me by talking about his Read More...
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Expectations Make a Difference
by Toni Patt
Last weekend I worked at another rehab facility. I've been there before and like going there. The staff is very nice and the patients have been challenging but not overly difficult. This time it was different. Included in my caseload was a stroke patient. Read More...
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Orthos Bias Rears Up Again
by Toni Patt
It looks like I won't be attending any of the spring meetings of the Southeast District (SED) of the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA). The schedule came out last week. Each meeting is a combination of meeting and free CEUs. None of the CEU topics Read More...
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The Language of Rehab
by Toni Patt
Last week a friend of mine complained to me that rehab has its own language. He was doing chart reviews, which he doesn't normally do, and got stuck on the rehab notes. He didn't understand why it takes us so many words to explain what a patient did. Read More...
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