Kyle J. Ridgeway, PT, DPT, CCS, is a board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy (CCS). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Currently, he is a physical therapy clinical specialist in the University of Colorado Hospital and a senior clinical instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Physical Therapy program.
At UCH, he has participated in program development and analysis, contributing regularly to clinical training, department logistics, and operations. He designed and implemented an innovative quality improvement project in the medical ICU that eventually became standard practice. Currently, he is a main contributor to an interdisciplinary activity and mobility program being piloted on a general medicine floor. At CU, he instructs within the cardiopulmonary and medicine clinical track labs as well as the acute care elective. He lectures on evidence-based practice, professional development, and physical therapy in the ICU.
Mr. Ridgeway has treated within the confines of a randomized trial investigating early, intensive PT for patients requiring mechanical ventilation. He participates in research surrounding hospital readmission, physical therapy in critical care, and acute/critical care physical therapy practice. He lectures nationally on these topics as well as quality improvement and outcomes after critical illness. He maintains an active social media presence on Twitter (@Dr_Ridge_DPT) and has appeared on various physical therapy podcasts.
Hospital readmissions have become an important patient, hospital, and health care issue. Ideal care transition models have been proposed but do not include rehabilitation therapists.… read more
Reducing readmissions is a major goal of many health care organizations. Despite data suggesting that physical and functional factors are independently associated with readmissions, ideal… read more
Ideal care transition models and programs lack rehabilitation professionals. This course will connect current best practices for care transitions to specific recommendations for how rehabilitation… read more
Ideal care transitions and efforts to reduce hospital readmissions must involve the patient and family/caregivers. This course will introduce general concepts on engaging patients and… read more
Although individuals at risk for hospital readmission span diagnoses and patient populations, common sequelae of a hospitalization are shared. Further, the principles guiding interventions (e.g.,… read more