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Efficient People

Published February 3, 2010 5:05 PM by Jason Marketti
What makes some therapists more efficient than others?  Is it their CEUs, degree level, their technique? Maybe they were born that way.

Some therapists will come into work and within minutes have a patient doing standing balance exercises while supervising another on the plinth doing LAQs.  How do they do that?

After working with and observing multiple PTs and PTAs, I see patterns in their performance. Therapists who come in with a plan before work seem to be more efficient than those who don't. 

Degree level, CEUs and knowledge of techniques will not make a therapist more or less efficient. It may assist the therapist to choose a better path for patient care but it does not make them efficient. 

Modified circuit training.  Have the patients begin on a UBE or exercycle then rotate them to arm or leg weights. I incorporated something I call the Trifecta. I have the patient back into the rickshaw, I place a UBE in front of them and then ankle weights on the legs for LAQs. I have the patient do three sets for three minutes of each exercise.  

While this is going on with one patient I am free to stand another for balance activity, transfer training, or short gait distances.  The way to plan this is to have a patient who is more independent do the Trifecta activity.  Make them responsible to turn the timer on and off while you do stair training with the other patient. 

Taking 15 minutes at the beginning of your day to sketch out a plan can make your day easier and more efficient. 

posted by Jason Marketti



You are right, planning can boost efficiency.  Sadly, that wasn't the ticket for me.  I'm a planner, yet I've never been what could be defined as efficient.  Effective, but not efficient.  I'm slow.  Ask anyone.  I may be the eighth wonder of the world:  the only human body with no fast twitch fibers!

I'm slow because I'm detailed, methodical, and painfully thorough.  But that hasn't been all bad.  Although the way my brain works kept me frustrated in the clinic, it also allowed me to see aspects co-workers missed.  There are pros and cons to nearly every skill.

The trick for me was to find the setting that played up my clinical strengths while minimizing the effects of my weaknesses.  Home health was a perfect fit for me.   There is hope for the efficiency-challenged!

Janey Goude February 5, 2010 1:10 AM

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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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