Presenter: Jamie Dyson, PT, DPT and Kathy Swanick, PT, DPT
This course will cover review the pharmacotherapeutics of common classes of medications seen in physical therapy practice. Factors affecting pharmacokinetics such as age, gender, body composition, and disease, will be discussed. Administration routes, absorption and distribution, biotransformation and excretion will also be presented. Current trends and factors in pharmacological issues relevant to physical therapy practice including the opioid epidemic will be discussed as well.
At the conclusion of this course the participant will be able to:
1. Discuss an overview pharmacotherapeutics in pharmacology.
2. Analyze a medication list to make clinical decisions for patient care
3. Integrate the pharmacodynamics of the medications discussed into the physical therapy plan of care.
4. Describe situations when Physical therapy should be held and when it is safe to continue.
Presenter: Meryl Alappattu, DPT, PhD
Pelvic health issues are common, under reported, and under addressed in physical therapist practice. This course will provide the non-pelvic health provider with information to screen for pelvic health conditions as part of physical therapist practice, including appropriate referral sources. Additionally, participants will learn effective, conservative interventions to help address urinary urgency and incontinence, including pelvic floor muscle training and dietary and behavioral modifications.
Physical therapists and therapist assistants (PT/PTA) are expected to integrate multiple elements from to make decisions regarding best clinical practice. While vital signs are consistently documented; therapists often express frustration and difficulty with determining whether a patient is appropriate for skilled treatment. The core competencies of the APTA outline the necessity for every PT/PTA to demonstrate proficiency with monitoring vital signs and integrating them into their clinical decision making. Expectations are that each therapist will integrate relevant information to anticipate medical conditions which may affect safe intervention. As early mobilization becomes a reality in all patient populations, PT/PTA need to recognize clinical implications and how to modify the treatment plan accordingly. Through lecture, attendees will recognize the importance of monitoring both invasive and non-invasive vital signs and their implications to promote safe and effective care and improve human movement.
By the end of the presentation, the learner will:
1) Recognize the importance of determining vital signs prior to initiating an examination/intervention.
2) Describe the clinical considerations related to abnormal physiological and hemodynamic indicators.
3) Classify vital signs that are pertinent to physical therapy professionals and their implications on the movement system.
4) Utilize the various invasive and noninvasive measures to appropriately dose intervention and identify absolute parameters for therapeutic participation.
Presenter: Mark Bishop, PT, PhD, FAPTA
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