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Strictly Science-Based
by Jason Marketti
Stem cell research is not a new topic but can be controversial for some. Often it is the embryonic stem cells that get people upset, but there are other stem cells out there that research and biotech companies are looking into for healing and helping 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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Healthcare Economics 101
by Jason Marketti
Would you invest in the company you work for? How about an "Improshare" where the savings between hours worked and production are shared between the company and the worker? Can you "feel" the viability of your company and are they open enough to allow Read More...
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Physical Therapy Prime Requisite
by Jason Marketti
Name: Theraman Walkis Race: Human Alignment: Lawful Neutral Class: Therapist Assistant HP: 96 Level: 18 Strength: 15 Intelligence: 14 Wisdom: 13 Dexterity: 16 Constitution: 13 Charisma: 17 Magic Items Mordenkainen's Gait Belt of Walking, +2 Fall Prevention Read More...
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Lead PT, Lead
by Jason Marketti
There are some therapists who are born to lead and bring a dynamic quality with them during evals and treatment sessions. Others are hesitant to make decisions and will prefer the "wait and see" method in regard to patient care. I have worked with both 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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Bringing It Home
by Jason Marketti
Last week I wasn't feeling well. Between patients, family members and other employees, there's a lot that can be passed between people in a facility. Although I use the alcohol gel and wash my hands, there are instances where a virus will find its way 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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Time Off Work
by Jason Marketti
A recent study of surgeons who had a couple days off work showed an increase in patient mortality rates when they came back to the hospital and performed CABG surgery. This increase may have been from scheduling the sickest patients first, who would not 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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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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