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Part A: Treatment Strategies in the Acute Care of Stroke Survivors

presented by Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L

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Optimize your early intervention of stroke survivors with powerful and practical guidelines filmed with actual patients at a certified Stroke Center of Excellence (rated one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation). The first of a 3-part series, this course is perfect for therapists working in the acute care setting or those entering acute care. Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L provides a wealth of information and essential guidelines in assessment and intervention strategies.

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Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L

Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L is an internationally recognized leader in providing clinical training for therapists working in stroke rehabilitation. Trained as an occupational therapist (OT) in the United States, Davis' career has spanned several areas of healthcare. She has worked in inpatient rehabilitation centers, directed OT departments in rehabilitation centers located in California and Switzerland.…

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1. Introduction to the Course

This introductory chapter provides an overview of how to use this learning module, and presents the course workbook used throughout the chapters.

2. Introduction to Acute Care

This chapter introduces essential and necessary guidelines in the safe and effective treatment of stroke survivors seen in the acute care setting. Topics include: how to initiate patient contact, create safe environments, and use the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model in assessment and intervention strategies.

3. Guidelines for Assessment of Body Functions & Structures

This chapter provides practical tips in the assessment of patients during the early stages of recovery. Observe therapists demonstrating how to assess motor control and sensory status with acute stroke survivors.

4. Observation of a Patient Assessment

This chapter helps ‘pull it all together’ and begin the clinical reasoning process in order to determine the patient’s key problem areas. Follow a therapist through the assessment and, with the Worksheet Assignment, draw your own conclusions from your observations.

5. Bedside Assessment of Swallowing

Acute stroke survivors may have difficulty swallowing, which could lead to aspiration. This chapter includes an oral motor assessment by a speech and language pathologist and outlines protocols for aspiration precautions.

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