Watching the Eval
I was asked to help during a PT evaluation. I enjoy assisting the PT during this process because I can ask appropriate questions when it is over and I get a "firsthand" look at what the patient is capable of when he initially comes to the facility.
There have been times when I know a patient has performed remarkably well per the eval but then when I see the patient he acts like it is the first time he has ever moved out of bed. Assisting with the eval can also refresh some of the things I have forgotten about like tactile discrimination, nerve-root distribution and different ways to manually muscle test a patient's strength.
The part that is frowned on is having two people of the same discipline in one room. This is costly for a company if we both need to be there for any length of time. But since PT aides have been "let go" and nursing personnel has been cut back, sometimes there is no alternative but to have me and a PT in the same room.
For those of you who study state board rules and regulations, I have a question for you. If the PT is in the process of evaluating the patient (she has not completed the evaluation) and requests my assistance, am I able to put my hands on the patient even though the eval is not finished? Or am I just splitting hairs with this one?