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  • Falls -- They Come in Threes

    Just over a week ago, I had my first experience with an incident report. All in all, it wasn't a big deal. A patient of mine with T11 paraplegia was attempting to stand from his wheelchair to complete a 10-meter walk test. As it turns out, his brakes (even when engaged) barely work. He went to push up from the chair, it started to slide backward, ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 21, 2014
  • The Great Weight Debate

    I'm going to take a stab this week at a rather touchy subject. If you haven't already figured it out, one of my passions in life is being active. I'm not some sort of gym-rat or anything like that, but I try to eat healthy and work out regularly. I was also blessed with some pretty good genes when it comes to weight (lots of skinny Irish-folk in ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on November 27, 2013
  • Continuum of Care

    In transferring from inpatient rehab to a local outpatient PT clinic, I have the unique opportunity to see patients throughout their course of recovery. When I arrived to my current clinical site, I recognized at least three patients who had been on either the brain injury or spinal cord injury units when I was completing my clinical rotations at ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on November 25, 2013
  • Caseload Breaking Point

    I just finished my second week at an outpatient clinic where I see a great variety of patients. I'd say it's split 50/50 between orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses. The caseload diversity is going to be a great learning experience. But until I feel up to speed again with my outpatient skills (especially my evaluation skills), I anticipate a few ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on November 18, 2013
  • The "C" Word

    I've dealt a lot with the ''c'' word lately -- cancer. On both a personal and professional level, I've had an up-close look at the effects of the disease on patients, families and healthcare professionals. In the world of PT school, we covered cancer interventions and suggested case management. That being said, I think it can be very difficult to ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on October 28, 2013
  • PT Career and Injuries

    Three different events have come up in the past week that make me wonder about the world of ''light duty'' and injuries. If you're reading this, I'm assuming you have some career connection to physical therapy and therefore realize that ours are not the type of jobs where you can work through injuries -- sometimes even minor ones. For example, a ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on October 21, 2013
  • Encouragement vs. False Hopes

    Working on the spinal cord injury unit, I often find myself treating patients whose functional recovery we can't predict. As I've taken the lead on more of these cases, one of the most significant challenges I face is finding a balance between providing encouragement and giving people false hopes about their progress and recovery. Anyone in any ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on October 15, 2013
  • Keeping in Touch with Patients

    Having the opportunity to spend three months at one clinical site has meant that I've seen a lot of my patients through their entire course of inpatient rehab care. And as I've taken on more of my own caseload, I've been their primary PT. By chance, there has been a lot of turnover during my time on the spinal cord injury unit, so I've seen even ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on October 7, 2013
  • Taking Advantage of Unique Opportunities

    I only have six weeks left at my current clinical (which, in the end, will be six months long). I'm working in a very large urban hospital, and I regret to say that I only know two floors in the entire place. As I see more and more patients and learn about procedures, tests and surgeries that are performed in our hospital, the more interested I am ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on September 23, 2013
  • Putting in the Hours

    One of the most admirable qualities about my current clinical instructor is her unyielding dedication to her patients and their recovery. On any given day, she is the first to arrive and last to leave the unit... and she's been doing this for longer than I've been alive. I find myself in awe of her commitment and patience. Here's a great ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on August 19, 2013
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