3. Physical Therapist Evaluation of the Readiness of an Aging Client with ARDS to Participate in Therapy
Through a thorough chart review of the laboratory values, imaging and analysis of the medical interventions used to facilitate recovery prior to consult to evaluate the patient, the physical therapist will determine the patient’s readiness to participate in an initial examination and intervention as well as for each subsequent intervention. Using an understanding of the pharmacological support, the ventilatory support and the hemodynamic response to ADL’s after conferring with nursing, the therapist will determine the patient’s readiness to participate. A case-based approach will be used to illustrate how this can be achieved.