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  • Re: OT vs. PT issues

    Actually Amy, I agree with you. The goals that you put up there are not SMART either. What ADL is the therapist talking about? Just indicating ADL is not specific nor measurable. The second goal is as I would consider ambulation as a PT treatment. If the OT's focus is on ambulation, I would say that this OT is not value adding. Had this ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by Clement Low on May 19, 2010
  • Re: Outpatient Pulmonary Clinic

    Hi Joan, Being from Singapore, I''m not familar with the Medicare guidelines. Care to share? I'll help if I can.
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by Clement Low on February 10, 2010
  • Re: Research Questions

    Hi Jill, It is widely accepted that OT's modality include ADL training, woodwork, gardening, etc. However, there is no evidence in the literature that learning to put on one's underwear is a ''good activity'', much less woodwork, gardening, knitting. If this carries on, all these OT&nbsp;activities that we take so much pride in will go the way of ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by Clement Low on February 7, 2010
  • Re: UE clinical question

    I&nbsp; know this comes a little late. Hopefully, this will be of some use to you or someone else reading. It seems like it is a temporary condition (neuropraxia). The treatement would be FES and strengthening of remaining muscles as someone else have described. You may also want to splint the wrist at 30 deg extension so that it is functional and ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by Clement Low on January 28, 2010
  • Re: cardiac care practice guidelines

    The American Heart Association have guidelines for AMI, heart failure and cardiac rehab. You can contact me at Lsvop@yahoo.com if you would like my teaching slides or forms which I use in my current practice.
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by Clement Low on January 27, 2010
  • Re: Evidence based info on treating acute care patients on BIPAP

    I've actually walked patients to toilet and did toilet transfers while&nbsp;they are on bipap. I've also done comm mobility on a powered wheelchair while the pt is on bipap. Get clearance from the staff physician first of course.&nbsp; The decision will be based on things like SpO2, blood gases and things like that. There is no contraindication ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by Clement Low on January 27, 2010
  • Re: OT vs. PT issues

    A.R.Scherck: EEKK! Those sound like PT goals to me! I would have written them specifically in OT language addressing OT goals.&nbsp; It is okay for OT and PT to support each other's goals, but they have to be specifically written for the areas each discipline is treating. Yes,OT works on balance, but with the focus on ADL performance. For ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by Clement Low on January 27, 2010
  • Re: Outpatient Pulmonary Clinic

    Hi Amber, OTs can work on the psychosocial aspects of COPD. The incidence of anxiety in COPD is very high, up to 70% in some literature. Depression is not far behind either. May I suggest you try things like diaphramatic breathing with guided imagery, PMS, or some education on stress management. Other aspects of OT management of COPD is energy ...
    Posted to OT POV: Forums (Forum) by Clement Low on January 27, 2010