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  • Sometimes It's Hard to Feel Sorry for Patients

    Last weekend I was describing a difficult patient I had worked with earlier in the month. It was someone with several chronic and out-of-control problems, obesity and medical noncompliance. I summarized my statement with, ''I don't feel sorry for him. He created his situation.'' I was immediately taken to task by someone who overheard some of ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 18, 2014
  • New Grad Readiness Survey

    Last week I completed an electronic survey asking if new graduate DPTs were ready to enter the clinic. Then it asked about specific areas of education and characteristics of new graduates and how they related to the first answer. It's about time someone looked at this. In my experience, no new graduate is completely ready to be thrust into a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 3, 2014
  • Let's All Be on the Same Page

    Last week as I was preparing to do an evaluation, I overheard one of our case managers talking to a family member of one of my patients. Nearly everything the case manager said started with, ''Rehab will take care of that.'' They were discussing gait training and preparing the patient for discharge home. That would have been wonderful except for ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 27, 2014
  • HIPAA Violations Can Be Overheard Too

    The other day, I was sitting at a nursing station and overheard a conversation between a patient and a physician. I wasn't trying to eavesdrop. The patient was very hard of hearing and the doctor had to yell to be heard. The patient was yelling back. I realized I was overhearing a major HIPAA violation. Between the two of them, they were ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 20, 2014
  • She Loves Her Job

    I always enjoy talking to the therapists who come to my course. Last week I met a PT I'll call Dottie. I don't want to use her real name, but she reminds me of someone named Dottie. Dottie has been a therapist since back in the day. She graduated years before I even thought about PT school and is still going strong. Dottie is a home health ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 13, 2014
  • Just Do What the Family Wants

    Earlier today I had a conflict with a demented, agitated patient's wife. She wanted me to get the man out of bed with a gait belt and hoist him over into the chair. I declined, stating I didn't feel comfortable doing that and it wasn't very therapeutic. She insisted. I apologized and told her I would assign the patient to someone else tomorrow who ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 7, 2014
  • Blatant Rudeness

    Usually when I go on a teaching trip, I have wonderful students. For the most part they pay attention. I get good questions. Some have fallen asleep because they drove three hours to get there. Others are obviously there for the CEUs. Last week I had someone who disrupted the class. I encourage questions and discussion with attendees. This time ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 22, 2014
  • Why I Became a PT

    I was asked this question on Sunday by someone who doesn't know me very well. I had to stop and think a minute before replying. The answer is I don't remember. I remember applying to PT school. I remember PT school. I remember deciding I liked acute care the best. Yet I don't remember why I made a decision that has shaped my life for many ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 15, 2014
  • Request for Submissions

    It's that time of year again. The company that I teach for is requesting submissions for an education summit next year. I'm supposed to select a topic, describe what it is and why I think people would be interested. Then I submit that and five references no more than a year or two old. They try to present newer information. The problem is I can't ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 8, 2014
  • Are Groups the Answer?

    One of the take-home messages from the APTA Combined Sections Meeting last month was that more therapy is better. I think everyone agrees with that. What we can't agree on, or even figure out for that matter, is how to squeeze more therapy into an already overcrowded day. One suggestion was to utilize group therapy in addition to what we're ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 12, 2014
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