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  • 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
  • Bariatric Patients are Nationwide

    One of the benefits I get from traveling is talking to therapists in different parts of the country. Things are not the same all over the country but there are a few recurring themes. We all agree that our patients are getting bigger. I started including trunk exercises for the obese patient because I was asked that question in every ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 25, 2014
  • Dosage Matters

    There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the case of a static activity. In both cases, more is considered better. Last weekend I worked at a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 11, 2014
  • I'm Not Alone

    I just finished my first conference call as a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Neurological Section. It was very refreshing. The other members of the committee were voicing the same frustrations and experiences I do. We may not have accomplished everything we wanted to, but did unanimously agree there's more to physical therapy than ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 22, 2013
  • Sharing Knowledge

    When I teach, I describe using mental imagery in motor learning and as anti-neglect strategy. One of the main tenets of motor learning is repetition or as I say, practice, practice and practice some more. The concept of using mental imagery isn't new. Sports therapists and trainers have been preaching it for decades. What's new is how the concept ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
  • The Declining Census

    In previous posts, I've discussed staffing issues where I work. Those problems continue. So does the return of the frequent flyer. Now we have something even more troubling. Our census continues to drop. The facility is at one-tenth of its capacity. There doesn't seem to be an end in sight. As of the time I left work this afternoon, no admissions ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 24, 2013
  • Comeback Stories

    ''Frequent flyer'' is a term given to any patient with serial admissions to a facility. They discharge. They admit. They discharge. They admit. Eventually everyone on the staff will have worked with the patient. Some are remembered fondly. Some never see the same therapist twice. Sometimes the multiple admissions are due to progressive disease ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 17, 2013
  • Unintended Consequences of Cutting Staff

    In recent posts, fellow ADVANCE bloggers Dean and Michael have been discussing how companies cut staff as a measure to lower costs. Neither of them supports the idea. Both make valid arguments against the practice that I'm sure would fall on deaf ears. Anyone who works in patient care sees the foolishness of the practice. The facility I'm working ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 3, 2013
  • Overtime Issues

    I've noticed a growing trend to prohibit overtime. Until recently, overtime was frowned on but permitted if caseload supported it. That isn't happening anymore. The same is true to a lesser extent for using contract labor to fill staffing gaps. Many facilities and rehab companies have in-house contract therapists who must be used instead. Just ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 31, 2013
  • Horse Show or TPTA Conference?

    This afternoon I received the monthly email from the Texas Physical Therapy Association. It contained a prospectus for the upcoming annual conference and early registration. This is much smaller than the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, probably not even a thousand people. But it's a good opportunity to be involved in what's going on here and ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 3, 2013
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