Physical Therapy in an
 Acute Care Hospital



Practice Setting Presentation
      By Andy Coleman



                    ...
What is Acute Care?

The period of time or pattern of specialized health
care during which a patient is treated for severe...
What is Acute Care?

Many hospitals are acute care facilities with the
intention of discharging patients as soon as they a...
What About Physical Therapy?
• Relatively new idea
• Increasing awareness of the need
  – Much more common to have a Physi...
So What Is It?
•   Early ambulation
•   General strength training
•   Help with balance and coordination
•   Transfer trai...
Benefits of Physical Therapy
              in Acute Care
•   Keep muscles from deteriorating
•   Faster recovery time
•   ...
What Types of Patients Will I See?
• Orthopedic patients (Primarily)
  – Total hips
  – Total knees
  – Fractures
• Neurol...
How Much Time In Each System

•   Musculoskeletal System = 44%
•   Neuromuscular System = 26.4%
•   Cardiopulmonary System...
Information and Statistics

•   Median Salary is $49,000
•   12.1% of PTA’s work in Acute Care
•   52% of time is spent on...
Acute Care Section of the APTA
• Strategic Plan
  – Goals and Objectives
• Resources available
  – Lab Values Interpretati...
References
• http://www.acutept.org
• http://www.apta.org
• http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/acute_care
• http://www.exper...
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  • very thorough and informative, andy.

    i hope you will do many more because i find this helpful in my work.

    thank you!
    dw
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  • thank you, andy....

    very informative and i look forward to all of your pta info.

    mo
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  • Very nice presentation.. very educating.. tells what it is, and what entails in acute care from a PTAs point of view. very easy to understand and great information.
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  • Nice work Andy! I'm very impressed! Your presentation was very interesting and kept my attention. I agree with Danielle, you are a great teacher and your presentation was put together well and I enjoyed watching it! Nice work!
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  • Great job explaining what acute care is and what it all involves!!!!!! Good clear and understanding voice..... Are you sure you don't want to be a teacher....Great job!!!!
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  1. 1. Physical Therapy in an Acute Care Hospital Practice Setting Presentation By Andy Coleman 1
  2. 2. What is Acute Care? The period of time or pattern of specialized health care during which a patient is treated for severe injury or illness, trauma, or during recovery from surgery Highly specialized http://www.ehow.com/about_5195079_definition-hospital-acute-care.html 2
  3. 3. What is Acute Care? Many hospitals are acute care facilities with the intention of discharging patients as soon as they are deemed healthy and stable Acute Care vs. Long Term Acute Care Growing need for acute care facilities http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/acute_care 3
  4. 4. What About Physical Therapy? • Relatively new idea • Increasing awareness of the need – Much more common to have a Physical Therapy department in an acute care facility than it was 10 years ago • Huge benefits to having Physical Therapy prior to recovering 4
  5. 5. So What Is It? • Early ambulation • General strength training • Help with balance and coordination • Transfer training 5
  6. 6. Benefits of Physical Therapy in Acute Care • Keep muscles from deteriorating • Faster recovery time • More complete recovery • Patients have fewer complications – Bedsores – Deep vein thrombosis – Loss of bone mass 6
  7. 7. What Types of Patients Will I See? • Orthopedic patients (Primarily) – Total hips – Total knees – Fractures • Neurological patients – Strokes • Cardiac Disorders – MI patients 7
  8. 8. How Much Time In Each System • Musculoskeletal System = 44% • Neuromuscular System = 26.4% • Cardiopulmonary System = 19.2% • Integumentary System = 10.4% 8
  9. 9. Information and Statistics • Median Salary is $49,000 • 12.1% of PTA’s work in Acute Care • 52% of time is spent on patient management • 13.6% of time is spent on Administration • 51.8% of patients are older persons • 38.6% of patients are adults • 13.6% of patients are joint replacement 9
  10. 10. Acute Care Section of the APTA • Strategic Plan – Goals and Objectives • Resources available – Lab Values Interpretation – John’s Hopkins Hospital Functional Acute Care Score Information • Cardiovascular Monitoring Guidelines 10
  11. 11. References • http://www.acutept.org • http://www.apta.org • http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/acute_care • http://www.experts123.com/q/is-there-any-history- of-occupational-therapy-in-acute-care-setting.html • http://www.ehow.com/about_5195079_definition- hospital-acute-care.html • Personal communication: K. Norberg 09/30/2009; 11/01/2009 11

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