Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists

By

  • Jaime Paz, MS, PT, Clinical Associtate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, Walsh University, North Canton, OH; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Michele West, MS, PT, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA

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.
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Book information

  • Published: September 2013
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-2896-1


Table of Contents

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