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  • On the Job Training

    I have found there are a few skill sets PTAs might find useful in their careers that are not covered in the PTA program curriculum. The techniques relate mostly to skilled nursing PT, as that's been my setting since I graduated, but can certainly translate to home health or inpatient/acute physical therapy. The first and most often demonstrated ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 18, 2014
  • Continuing Education Courses

    A few years ago, I had the opportunity to teach a continuing education course on early mobility with three other physical therapists. We met for several weeks, reviewing the content along with the training and presentation materials. It took a lot of thought and effort to review every detail of the course to make sure it flowed well and the ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on July 17, 2014
  • Scheduling Conflict

    I've got a bone to pick with you outpatient therapists! When I first started working at the hospital, our inpatient office was right next door to the front office of our outpatient department. It was pretty easy to listen to some of the phone calls come in, and one of the most frequent things I'd hear that always bothered me was a conversation ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on July 16, 2014
  • Lead PT, Lead

    There are some therapists who are born to lead and bring a dynamic quality with them during evals and treatment sessions. Others are hesitant to make decisions and will prefer the ''wait and see'' method in regard to patient care. I have worked with both types. Since I don't like to hold a PT's hand when discussing patient care and progression, ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 16, 2014
  • We're Not Going to Pay for That Brace

    A few weeks ago, a woman was admitted to our facility with a knee injury. She appeared to have ligamentous damage on top of arthritic deformities. She came to us for medical management and antibiotics prior to surgery. Before she was admitted, her orthopedist ordered a KAFO for the involved leg. I'm not a big believer in KAFOs. In my experience ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 15, 2014
  • The SNF Rehab Model Must Change

    I've learned immense amounts about what my American PT colleagues are going through just to work these days. It disheartened me at first, inspired me next, and now has propelled me to think more creatively. I think it may be time to throw out the baby with the bathwater... and the tub... and the sink... heck let's just rip down the house! The SNF ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on July 15, 2014
  • The Value of Cadaver Lab in PT School

    One of my courses this semester has been cadaver lab. My school uses a unique format where a group of medical and dental students lead the lab on cadavers that they've dissected. Outside of lab hours, we have full access to the lab to study the bodies. With two weeks of this class left, I've been reflecting on the value of my cadaveric ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 14, 2014
  • Geriatric Advice

    ''I have a positive attitude and I surround myself with positive people. I eat cleanly and have a bowel movement every day -- it makes a difference (wink).'' This wise statement was given to me by a 98-year-old patient when I asked her, ''What is the secret to aging gracefully?'' This particular person did not use an assistive device, walked ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 11, 2014
  • Delayed ICD-10

    Medicare and Medicaid announced recently that ICD-10 will go-live on October 1, 2015, which is the third time the change has been delayed since 2009. CMS states that several factors impact the delay of implementing the updated coding guidelines: software, staff training, updating policies and guidelines, as well as paperwork to reflect the ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on July 11, 2014
  • Student and Patient Communication

    So I had a student start a couple weeks ago. You may recall I wanted to have a ''student summit'' this summer, but unfortunately it got bogged down in some administrative red tape. Needless to say it's been tentatively scheduled for this fall after my student's rotation is done. Anyway, my student has been doing well. This is his third clinical of ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
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