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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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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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Therapy Buddy
by Jason Marketti
Group physical therapy was a way to have patients come together and participate in activities where they could encourage one another and watch each other progress. Since the decline in reimbursements for this type of activity, it's no longer economically Read More...
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Question Practices of Care
by Jason Marketti
I believe we should all question what we do and why we do it, especially when it comes to patient care. We should be asking ourselves, "Is this the best I can do under the circumstances I have to work with?" We should also question whether adding more Read More...
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Who Directs Patient Care?
by Jason Marketti
A while ago, a patient came into the facility and we were given two weeks to make the patient stronger and safer to go home. The two weeks was what the patient's insurance company authorized. Research shows that a person will need to increase caloric Read More...
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Training the Staff
by Jason Marketti
As new nursing staff members begin to work, I will often introduce myself to them and explain that certain patients would need pain medication prior to therapy. One nurse I spoke with told me he had assessed pain on several people and they did not want Read More...
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Time Limitations
by Jason Marketti
Let me vent about this whole system of seeing patients for a designated time in relation to reimbursements in a SNF setting. It does not work. If a patient comes in and is set at 720 minutes but we only see him for 700 minutes in the assessment reference Read More...
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Other Territory
by Jason Marketti
I was treating a patient and we were alternating between LE and UE exercises. So we rested the legs and worked the arms. I instructed the patient to do "21"s (a fallback to my body-building days) and we really blasted those biceps. Then I was thinking Read More...
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On Duty
by Jason Marketti
The police, fire department, EMTs and MDs are a few of the professionals that seem to be on duty all the time. In therapy, we are not and in most cases we do not make truly independent decisions. This might be due to the training and thought processing Read More...
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Technology, Again
by Jason Marketti
A while back, I wrote about how new technology is assisting with patients in the rehab field. I even thought about going back to school to learn more about engineering technology. Then I seriously thought about how this technology is changing the field Read More...
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Job Description?
by Jason Marketti
As I was searching the Internet this weekend, I typed in "Physical Therapist Assistant." I came across some interesting descriptions of what I do, or at least what the websites think I do. The first site I came to after the search said, and I quote, "Physical Read More...
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Parsimonious Care
by Jason Marketti
The American College of Physicians' ethical manual was recently in the news. The debate involved parsimonious care in the delivery of services. I can understand the debate and reasoning behind it but if those same manual writers visited a restaurant and Read More...
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One of Those Days
by Jason Marketti
Every once in a while I am on my "A" game and can recall distant facts and functions of muscles and innervations that I learned way back in anatomy class as well as what my mother taught me growing up. Then there is today. I knocked on the door, introduced Read More...
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Twenty-Minute Workout
by Jason Marketti
For years I have read about the benefits of a 20-minute workout. I have come across some studies that showed an improvement of strength, endurance and weight loss within six to eight weeks. If this is true, why do we schedule rehab patients for an hour Read More...
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Patient Effort
by Jason Marketti
Some facilities I have been to have residents who see us in the halls joking and laughing with other residents and they felt left out so they practically begged to be seen by the therapy department. Once in therapy, they realized all the work that goes Read More...
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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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