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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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A Strange Gait
by Jason Marketti
I was with the patient briefly doing some exercises for strengthening and stability. Now it was time to get up and walk. He stood, grabbed the 4WW and did the strangest gait I have ever seen. I analyzed it harder than I did the Zapruder film. It was a Read More...
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The BP Cuff
by Jason Marketti
I am certainly not an expert on taking blood pressure and concede that when I need a more accurate reading I go to the experts, the nursing assistants. Since they are generally the ones who check blood pressure on patients more often than I do, they should Read More...
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Patient Appreciation
by Jason Marketti
After every session of therapy, I like to thank patients for their time and for coming to see me, as well as tell them they have done an excellent job. Without them, I would not be doing what I do. It is so easy to give a wheelchair a final push in a Read More...
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Where's My Aide?
by Jason Marketti
Several companies I worked for in the recent past have eliminated the PT aide position. Since the aide is not a billable service, I understand why. Instead of having the patients brought to me, I have to locate them. And if I want to do a group activity, Read More...
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Lunch Break
by Jason Marketti
I drove around town one day to observe if any PT clinics were open during the lunch hour. Surprise, surprise, most were closed. There has been a lot of focus on outpatient therapy and I often wonder why they would be closed during an obvious time for Read More...
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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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