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The Health Fringe
by Jason Marketti
Stay active, eat healthy, get plenty of sunshine and take colloidal silver. Okay, so don't take the silver, take something else, like, bitter cola. I think I could produce enough clinical evidence to promote either one though and patients would probably Read More...
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Assessing Physicals
by Jason Marketti
One clinic I worked for provided drug screening and physicals for various employers. I was tasked with a checklist and some basic lifting scenarios to put potential employees through. At the time, the construction business was in full swing so there were Read More...
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Making a Mess
by Jason Marketti
As I opened the gym door early one morning, I was stunned by what I saw. A large polyurethane mug with those beautiful white rings left from the wet bottom of the cup practically glowing on one edge of the mat table. Someone brought their drink into the Read More...
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Modalities and Treatments
by Jason Marketti
Since I follow the PT's direction in regard to patient care and treatment, I sometimes make suggestions in regard to modalities to facilitate the patient's recovery. Not every PT likes modalities and I respect that; however, if I see the OT providing Read More...
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Steps to Conquer
by Jason Marketti
I moved, again. Every time I find a new place to live, there seems to be several steps to negotiate and this can cause some problems with me. There are days my joints do not want to move as fast as I think I can and I wonder how I will be in 20 years. Read More...
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A Patient's Norm
by Jason Marketti
No one wanted to treat this patient. He was certainly different and at times difficult to understand. His goals often fluctuated based on his mood and he smelled of cigarette smoke and urine. I treated him though and we got along fairly well. His wife Read More...
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Safety First
by Jason Marketti
Patients expect health providers to keep them from falling, injuring themselves and free from harm. This is not a new expectation but one we should be mindful of. There are patients who have been convicted of crimes and require our assistance to improve Read More...
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Works Well With Others
by Jason Marketti
Looking over my yearly employment reviews of the past, I often came across standard phrases that could describe any person. I was surprised no supervisor wrote, "Jason is a patient advocate and will question decisions he deems not in the best interest Read More...
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Assistance Levels
by Jason Marketti
When we are documenting patient care and tracking progression of goals, we'll typically chart assistance levels and whether the patient required verbal cues as well as manual cues to complete a task. What if the assistance levels were eliminated from Read More...
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Bubble-Wrapped Profession
by Jason Marketti
I get tired of reading and hearing about the audit triggers in our profession. It's part of the business we're in and if people don't want to risk an audit, they shouldn't be in our field. It's like an audit from the IRS -- you don't want one, you don't Read More...
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Supervision of Patients
by Jason Marketti
When a PT is in the facility, that person becomes the de facto supervisor for me. That means I can make his day very easy or a nightmare. I could easily present him with a long list of issues and clinical concerns that I feel need to be addressed with Read More...
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Disagreeing with Discharge
by Jason Marketti
Disagreeing with someone is not something new for me. I will freely voice my opinion (usually supported with data and anecdotes) to anyone who will listen and objectively discuss an issue with me. In the case of discharging a patient from therapy, the Read More...
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Collecting Data
by Jason Marketti
When United Parcel Service (UPS) began to collect data on drivers and their trucks, there were some improvements. These included no more key locks in doors because they slowed the drivers down and use of a computer clipboard that also held data on how Read More...
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Growing a Program
by Jason Marketti
It's not like you can plant some therapists in a gym and suddenly the department is busy. To adequately have a therapy program develop into the future, the way business is conducted today has to change. When looking at more cuts in reimbursements, hiring Read More...
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Leave of Absence
by Jason Marketti
I have heard nursing staff, therapists and even social services tell patients they are not allowed to leave the facility or they'll lose their benefits for Medicare. Simply not true, and, in fact, Medicare makes it clear facilities should not tell patients Read More...
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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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