Acute care practice settings


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Acute care practice settings

  1. 1. Acute Care Practice Settings Kelsy Buttke
  2. 2. Introduction  Physical therapy in this setting is provided to individuals who are admitted to a hospital for short-term patient care.  Examples: illness, surgery, accident, or recovery from a trauma  The goal is to discharge the patient as soon as he or she is medically stable and has a safe place to go.  Only 8.6% of practicing PTAs are in the acute care setting
  3. 3. Salary  The median income is $49,000 per year
  4. 4. Types of Patients  The types of patients can range from infants to the elderly with all types of diagnoses.  Mean percent of time spent with patients in each age group  Elderly – 51.8%  Adults – 38.6%  Children – 2.2%  Toddlers – 1.4%  Infants – 1.9%
  5. 5. Diagnoses and Treatments  Patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery is the most frequently seen patient group. Cardiac disorders and stroke victims are other high frequency patient group.  Mean percent of patient conditions  Joint replacement – 13.6%  Cardiac disorders – 7.7%  Stroke – 7.4%  Re-training the patient to walk, assessing the patient for the need for assistive devices such as walkers or crutches, teaching joint protection, addressing balance issues and safety awareness with transfers are a few areas addressed in this setting.
  6. 6. Special Skills  PTAs have the opportunity to become recognized for advanced proficiency though APTA.  This program is voluntary and PTAs are not required to be recognized in order to work in a specific area.  There are some areas that would be beneficial to the acute care setting.  Example: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Neuromuscular, Integumentary, Geriatrics, and Musculoskeletal  Recognition via APTA Acute Care Section awards  Lecture Award  Mary Sinnott Award for Clinical Excellence in Acute Care  James Dunleavy Distinguished Service Award  Fellowship Award Resource Guides, including Lab Values Interpretation Resources
  7. 7. Testimonial
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