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

presented by Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L

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Working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) environment can be overwhelming. The focus of this course provides necessary and essential guidelines for therapists treating stroke survivors in the ICU. Content includes managing equipment and monitors, effective treatment strategies for physical therapists and occupational therapists, fundamental guidelines for co-treatment sessions, and family considerations. Part C is the final course of the three part Acute Care series, and should only be taken following the completion of Treatment Strategies in the Acute Care of Stroke Survivors (Parts A and B).

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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 the Intensive Care Unit

The initial assessment and early intervention of a stroke survivor often begins in the intensive care unit (ICU). This chapter describes how to initiate working effectively within the complex environment of the ICU.

3. Managing Equipment in the ICU

Managing the multiple lines and monitors in the ICU can be overwhelming. This chapter describes how therapists work within the specific guidelines of equipment including ventilators, EKG telemetry monitors, ventriculostomies, pulse oximeters, central lines and catheters.

4. Therapeutic Intervention in the ICU

Observe an entire treatment session with a stroke survivor, post craniotomy, in the ICU. Learn how to prepare the patient and the environment for intervention. Topics include: how to manage multiple lines, assessment of tone, ROM and motor control, trunk and lower extremity facilitation, bed to chair transfer and strategies to return all equipment to their original locations.

5. Co-Treatment in the ICU

This chapter explains how to optimize a treatment session utilizing two therapists in the ICU. Topics include: determining the role of each therapist, identifying treatment goals of PT and OT, bed mobility and transfers with the maximum assistance of two, ADLs, and documentation to reduce duplication of services.

6. Family Considerations

Time spent in the ICU and acute care hospital can be extremely stressful for families experiencing the affects of stroke. This chapter describes the various roles family members might assume and how the therapist can best implement family teaching for each role.

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