Financial: Sandy Shelton receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: Sandy Shelton has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.
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Hip fractures have a significant impact on the lives of older adults and their families, and the subsequent surgery, although very effective in treating the fracture, places a significant emotional, physical, and financial strain on the patient. With continual rising costs in healthcare, and as little as 3 days to transition the patient out of the hospital, the physical therapist in the contemporary acute care setting, now more than ever, needs to understand how to assess and treat this patient population. In this course, learn how physical therapy can effectively evaluate and treat this patient population. Learn techniques that can make mobility easier and safer, while helping facilitate more independent movement in this setting. Understand the importance of teaching the patient about pain control, the role of exercise and early mobilization for successful outcomes, and how barriers may impact where a patient goes after the acute care setting. This is the third course in a five course series. Please be sure to watch:
Hip Fracture Part A: Overview, Classifications, and Evidence Hip Fracture Part B: The Surgical Approach Hip Fracture Part D: Long Term Care Management Hip Fracture Part E: Home Care Management
Sandy Shelton has been the senior physical therapist for the orthopedic unit at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for over 20 years. She was a member of Vanderbilt’s first committee to develop and implement the use of orthopedic critical pathways, and continues to serve on a hospital-wide collaborative patient care task force. She has published…
Sandy Sheldon leads through example, teaching participants how to prescribe exercise for this stage of recovery, and explaining how certain devices can help substitute for weakened hip muscles.
3. PT Evaluation
An evaluation is conducted by physical therapist Sandy Sheldon, with a particular emphasis on how patient discharge destination is determined as a function of a patient’s presenting function, and their past medical history.
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