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Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists

Familiarize yourself with the acute care environment with this essential guide to physical therapy practice in an acute care setting. Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists, 4th Edition helps you understand and interpret hospital protocol, safety, medical-surgical ‘lingo’, and the many aspects of patient are from the emergency department to the intensive care unit to the general ward. This restructured new edition streamlines the text into four parts- Introduction, Systems, Diagnoses, and Interventions to make the book even easier to use as a quick reference. Intervention algorithms, updated illustrations, and language consistent with the ICF model all help you digest new information and become familiar with new terminology. This comprehensive resource is just what you need to better manage the specific needs of your patients in the complex acute care environment.

Paperback, 528 Pages

Published: September 2013

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4557-2896-1


  • Part 1: Introduction
    1. The Acute Care Setting
    2. The Medical Record

    Part 2: Systems
    3. Cardiac System
    4. Respiratory System
    5. Musculoskeletal System
              Appendix:Management and Physical Therapy Interventions for Fractures
    6. Nervous System
    7. Vascular System and Hematology
    8. Gastrointestinal System
    9. Genitourinary System
    10. Endocrine System

    Part 3: Diagnoses
    11. Oncology
    12. Burns and Wounds
    13. Infectious Diseases
              Appendix: Disorders of Altered Immunity
    14. Organ Transplantation
    15. Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances
    16. Amputation
    17. Physical Therapy Considerations for Patients who Complain of Chest Pain

    Part 4: Interventions
    18. Medical-Surgical Equipment in the Acute Care Setting
              Appendix: Mechanical Ventilation
              Appendix: Circulatory Assist Devices
    19. Pharmacologic Agents
    20. Anesthesia: Perioperative and Postoperative Considerations
    21. Pain Management
    22. Postural Drainage
    23. Functional Tests


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