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Physical Therapist Management of Cardiopulmonary Conditions in the Geriatric Client

Physical Therapist Management of Cardiopulmonary Conditions in the Geriatric Client
Target Audience: PT, PTA
Levels: PT/PTA: Intermediate
Approved Status applies to “Live” requirement for:
Physical therapists commonly treat older adults in the post-acute setting, specifically home health
and outpatient. Geriatric clients often present with one or more cardiopulmonary conditions, either as the reason for the referral to physical therapy or as a comorbidity that may affect the client’s ability to participate in, and benefit from, physical therapy. It is critical that a physical therapist working in a post-acute setting be able to accurately evaluate a client’s cardiopulmonary system and then make appropriate clinical decisions regarding appropriateness of exercise based on this information. This webinar will focus on proper technique to obtain vital signs (pulse, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure) as well as heart and lung sounds. Based on the interpretation of the results of a cardiopulmonary examination, appropriate clinical decisions regarding beginning/terminating exercise will be discussed through case studies.

In order to receive credit for this webinar participants must attend the webinar for the full duration, complete the quiz with a minimum score of 70%, and complete the participant survey.

Those who do not pass initially are given the opportunity to re-take the quiz.

Meet Your Instructor

Melissa Bednarek, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS Melissa Bednarek, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS
Dr. Melissa Bednarek received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and Psychology from St. Bonaventure University, followed by a Master of Physical Therapy from MCP Hahnemann University. Following four years of acute care experience, she returned to graduate school to complete a PhD in Physiology from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2009, she joined the faculty in the DPT Program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she currently teaches exercise physiology, cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy and the pharmacology thread in the curriculum. In addition to teaching, she has continued to practice in home health and became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy in 2014.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain appropriate technique to obtain a pulse, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation.
  • Explain appropriate technique to obtain an accurate blood pressure.
  • Demonstrate appropriate technique to auscultate heart sounds. 
  • Explain appropriate technique to auscultate lung sounds.
  • Determine appropriateness for aerobic exercise based on results of a cardiopulmonary exam.  


5:00pm-5:10pm Chapter 1: Introduction
5:10pm-5:30pm Chapter 2: Vital Signs: Pulse, Respiratory Rate, & Oxygen Saturation
5:30pm-6:00pm Chapter 3: Vital Signs: Blood Pressure
6:00pm-6:30pm Chapter 4: Cardiac Auscultation
6:30pm-6:40pm Break
6:40pm-7:10pm Chapter 5: Pulmonary Auscultation
7:10pm-7:40pm Chapter 6: Interpretation & Appropriateness of Exercise
7:40pm-7:45pm Break
7:45pm-8:15pm Question & Answer Session

Sep 24, 2019

5:00pm – 8:15pm (EDT)

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