Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9781416048992, 9781416069485

Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists

3rd Edition

Authors: Jaime Paz Michele West
eBook ISBN: 9781416069485
eBook ISBN: 9781455757572
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 5th November 2008
Page Count: 624

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Familiarize yourself with the acute care environment and confidently develop patient rehabilitation plans with this essential guide to physical therapy practice in a clinical setting. Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists, Third Edition helps you understand and interpret hospital protocol, medical terminology, and the medical–surgical aspects of acute care. Each chapter focuses on a body system and includes a review of basic structure and function, an overview of a medical–surgical workup, a review of pathophysiology, information on pharmacology, and guidelines for physical therapy intervention. This edition features a larger, slimmer design that highlights clinical tips, decision-making aids, and practice patterns throughout the text so that you can easily locate these tools and apply them to your practice. If you are unfamiliar with the complex acute care environment, this comprehensive resource is just what you need to become more comfortable and better able to manage the specific needs of your patients.

Key Features

  • Review of body system basics and disease processes in each chapter provides concise information to help you better manage patients in a hospital setting.
  • Familiarizes you with the acute care environment by explaining medical terminology, hospital protocol, and surgical workups
  • Includes updated information on medications, laboratory and diagnostic tests, and surgical and invasive procedures pertinent to physical therapy practice
  • Clinical tips throughout the text show you how to maximize safety, quality, and efficiency of care.
  • Over 350 illustrations, tables, and boxed text highlight essential concepts and procedures for quick reference.
  • Uses terminology consistent with the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, Second Edition
  • Focuses on evidence-based practice to help you determine the best interventions including recent literature regarding rehabilitation in the critical care setting.

Table of Contents

Ch01: Cardiac System
Ch02: Respiratory System
Ch03: Musculoskeletal System
Ch03-A: Management and Physical Therapy Interventions for Fractures
Ch04: Nervous System
Ch05: Oncology
Ch06: Vascular System and Hematology
Ch07: Burns and Wounds
Ch08: Gastrointestinal System
Ch09: Genitourinary System
Ch10: Infectious Diseases
Ch10-A: Disorders of Altered Immunity
Ch11: Endocrine System
Ch12: Organ Transplantation

Appendix I-A: The Medical Record
Appendix I-B: Acute Care Setting
Appendix II: Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances
Appendix III-A: Medical-Surgical Equipment in the Acute Care Setting
Appendix III-B: Mechanical Ventilation
Appendix III-C: Circulatory Assist Devices
Appendix IV: Pharmacologic Agents
Appendix V: Anesthesia: Perioperative and Postoperative Considerations
Appendix VI: Pain Management
Appendix VII: Amputation
Appendix VIII: Postural Drainage
Appendix IX: Functional Tests
Appendix X: Physical Therapy Considerations for Patients who Complain of Chest Pain


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About the Author

Jaime Paz

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Associate 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

Affiliations and Expertise

Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA