Get it in Writing
As a PTA I have to rely on the PT for accurate and up to date information in order for me to perform my duties.
I have been to places where all the notes were up to date with the latest tests and accurate documentation and if one piece of information was missing the provider responsible for that patient got a talking to. I have been to other places where I had a hard time finding the evaluations in the charts and progress notes were scarce due to the high turn over rate in patients and staff.
I have had PT's tell me verbally what they would like to do with the patients but then in the written POC it was different and my note appeared to be way off base as to what the PT decided to do once all the paperwork was completed. My general policy is to completely trust the PT when they verbally tell me to do something with the patient.
I may change that policy however. As I do more research on documentation it is better to have everything written down so there is no confusion as to what should be done with the patient and both the PT and PTA are protected as to what activity the patient is able to participate in. The PTA can carefully review the POC and goals and ask questions about them for clarification and if there are any contraindications they can ask the PT about it.
The big concern is for the PTA. What if in the middle of treatment someone from the state board would like to see the evaluation and plan of care of the patient to ensure compliance. We technically should not be allowed to treat a patient until we have an evaluation, however I would check with the licensing board, but I am sure they would not want us to treat patients until a evaluation is completed and in the chart.
Let me know, should PTA's treat a patient before the evaluation is written?