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Acute Care Rehabilitation

Learn the foundational elements and the clinical decision-making needed for safe and effective rehabilitation in the acute care setting.

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About this Certificate Program

Acute care rehabilitation is a unique specialty practice providing care to the most acutely ill patients. Due to medical advances and emerging research, rehab practitioners are treating and mobilizing patients with increasingly complex needs. Through this curated curriculum, practitioners will gain valuable knowledge and clinical decision-making skills for safe and effective patient management in the acute care setting. Participants will enhance their acute care rehabilitation skills as they build a strong evidence-based foundation through these essential courses.

Target Audience

The curriculum is designed for all physical and occupational therapy practitioners in the acute care setting, but it would be especially beneficial for students, recent graduates, residents in training, or any rehab practitioners with a desire to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the acute care setting.

Goals & Objectives

  • Identify the foundational elements required for effective rehabilitation in the acute care setting
  • Summarize safety considerations applicable to rehab practitioners working in the acute care setting
  • Demonstrate appropriate utilization and management of equipment and devices encountered in the acute care setting
  • Use clinical data, such as vital signs and lab values, to inform evidence-based clinical decisions in the acute care setting
  • Apply learned acute care rehabilitation concepts to various patient cases

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Courses
Accredited Online Courses*

9 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Courses
Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Courses
Case Study Interviews

Recorded Q&A sessions between instructors and practice managers.

Section 1: Acute Care Environment

3 Chapters

Acute Care Overview for the Rehab Practitionerkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Orientation to the Acute Care SettingChapter 1

    This chapter will provide an overall orientation to the acute care setting. It is important for rehab practitioners to have a basic understanding of a hospital’s role in the healthcare system and the various facets of an acute care environment. This chapter will guide rehab practitioners in hospital policies/procedures, equipment, discharge planning, and the unique services that are delivered in acute care.

  • Roles and Responsibilities in Acute CareChapter 2

    This chapter will introduce the various members of the acute care team and their roles in the hospital environment. Rehab practitioners will learn various strategies that will enhance interprofessional communication and help them achieve better patient outcomes.

  • Rehab in Acute CareChapter 3

    This chapter will outline the workflow of a rehab practitioner working in acute care. There are many components to planning for and executing a successful patient encounter in the hospital. This chapter will guide rehab practitioners to a better understanding of rehab orders, triage systems, frequency determination, documentation, and billing in the acute care environment.

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Patient Safety and the Environment in Acute Care Rehabilitationkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Environmental SafetyChapter 1

    It is important for rehab practitioners working in acute care to understand the importance of environmental safety and its application to rehab in this complex environment. This chapter will guide rehab practitioners in the primary functions involved with the management of the environment of care in hospitals.

  • Patient Safety: Knowledge and AwarenessChapter 2

    It is important for rehab practitioners to possess an overall awareness of the factors that can affect patient safety in the acute care environment. This chapter will cover national patient safety goals, patient safety precautions, and restraints.

  • Management of the Environment and Patient SafetyChapter 3

    It is important for a rehab practitioner to safely manage various elements of the acute care environment during a rehab session. This chapter will guide rehab practitioners in how to set up the hospital environment for patient safety. Safe patient handling and mobility programs and an overview of safety events will also be covered.

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Lines, Leads, Tubes, and Drains in Acute Care Rehabilitationkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Overview of Lines, Leads, Tubes, and DrainsChapter 1

    This chapter will give an overview of lines, leads, tubes, and drains in the acute care setting. It is important to understand the different types of lines and their purposes to safely mobilize patients in the hospital. Clinical considerations, barriers to mobility, and strategies to overcome barriers will also be discussed.

  • Lines and LeadsChapter 2

    This chapter will cover common lines and leads that are encountered in the acute care setting, both in the intensive care unit and throughout the hospital. It is important to understand the purpose of various lines and leads, how to get an accurate reading when monitoring the hemodynamic status of a patient, and the safety considerations associated with various lines and leads when mobilizing patients.

  • Tubes and DrainsChapter 3

    This chapter will cover common tubes and drains that are encountered in the acute care setting, both in the intensive care unit and throughout the hospital. It is important to understand the purpose of various tubes and drains as well as the safety considerations associated with tubes and drains when mobilizing patients.

  • Mechanical Circulatory Devices (MCDs)Chapter 4

    This chapter will familiarize the audience with common mechanical circulatory devices that are encountered in a hospital intensive care unit. Patients requiring support from a mechanical circulatory device have complex medical needs. It is critical to understand the clinical and safety considerations when treating these patients and recognize that special training beyond this course is required prior to mobilizing this patient population.

  • Case StudiesChapter 5

    This chapter will introduce a systematic approach that is important to safely manage patients with various lines, leads, tubes, and drains in the hospital setting. A video showcasing various lines will help the audience apply the content from this course, and clinical considerations will be summarized through a series of patient cases.

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Section 2: Monitoring and Clinical Decision-Making

4 Chapters

Vital Sign Interpretation in Acute Care Rehabilitationkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Overview of Vital SignsChapter 1

    This chapter will provide an overall understanding of vital signs in the acute care setting. It is important for a rehab practitioner in the hospital to have an awareness of the normative values for heart rate/pulse rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation. This chapter will guide rehab practitioners in accurate assessment, early warning systems, factors that affect vital signs, and safe parameters for exercise.

  • Heart Rate, Pulse Rate, and Blood PressureChapter 2

    This chapter will examine normal and abnormal values for heart rate, pulse rate, and blood pressure, including the clinical significance of these abnormalities. Response to exercise and clinical considerations will also be covered in this chapter. It is important for practitioners to identify abnormal heart rate, pulse rate, and blood pressure responses and their clinical implications to optimize patient safety and outcomes.

  • Respiratory Rate and Oxygen SaturationChapter 3

    This chapter will examine normal and abnormal values for respiratory rate and oxygen saturation, including the clinical significance of these abnormalities. Response to exercise and clinical considerations will also be covered in this chapter. It is important for practitioners to identify abnormal respiratory rate and oxygen saturation responses and their clinical implications to optimize patient safety and outcomes.

  • Vital Signs: Special ConsiderationsChapter 4

    This chapter will examine special populations and additional considerations for vital sign interpretation. Vital signs may be altered in older adults and patients with known disease. In addition, patients with critical illness usually have multiple medical problems requiring special considerations. Acute care rehab practitioners should be equipped to interpret vital signs and make complex clinical decisions for all patients, including those with special considerations, to optimize patient safety and outcomes.

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Interpretation of Lab Values in Acute Care Rehabilitationkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Lab Values: Foundational ConceptsChapter 1

    This chapter will provide an overall understanding of the role of lab values in the acute care setting. It is important for a clinician in the hospital to have an awareness of the factors that affect lab values, including demographic considerations, when making clinical decisions.

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) and ElectrolytesChapter 2

    This chapter will examine the lab values that are included in a complete blood count and electrolyte panel. It is important for clinicians to identify reference ranges as well as clinical implications when patients are outside these reference ranges.

  • Kidney, Liver, and Endocrine FunctionChapter 3

    This chapter will cover lab values that assess kidney, liver, and endocrine function. It is important for clinicians to identify reference ranges as well as clinical implications when patients are outside these reference ranges.

  • Acid-Base DisordersChapter 4

    This chapter will familiarize the audience with arterial blood gas interpretation. A systematic approach to arterial blood gas analysis, including case examples, will be introduced to help clinicians identify specific acid-base disorders. It is important for a clinician to understand the significance of a patient’s acid-base status when making clinical decisions.

  • Lipid Panel, Cardiovascular Labs, and Coagulation TestsChapter 5

    This chapter will explore lab values that test cholesterol levels, cardiac function, and coagulation. It is important for clinicians to identify reference ranges as well as clinical implications when patients are outside these reference ranges. Guidelines for mobilizing patients with venous thromboembolism will also be discussed.

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Pharmacology in Acute Care Rehabilitationkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Principles of PharmacologyChapter 1

    It is important for rehab practitioners to understand the basic principles of pharmacology, such as pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. This chapter will cover the basic principles of pharmacology as well as factors that affect drug response, polypharmacy, and the role of the rehab practitioner in pharmacology.

  • Pharmacology: Central Nervous and Musculoskeletal SystemsChapter 2

    This chapter will review common medication classes encountered in the acute care environment that affect the central nervous and musculoskeletal systems. It is important for rehab practitioners to recognize the primary adverse drug reactions of these medications as well as evaluate the effects that these medications may have on a patient’s overall performance during a rehab session.

  • Pharmacology: Cardiovascular and Respiratory SystemsChapter 3

    This chapter will review common medication classes encountered in the acute care environment that affect the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It is important for rehab practitioners to recognize the primary adverse drug reactions of these medications as well as evaluate the effects that these medications may have on a patient’s overall performance during a rehab session.

  • Pharmacology: Other MedicationsChapter 4

    This chapter will review other miscellaneous medications that are commonly encountered in the acute care environment. It is important for rehab practitioners to recognize the primary adverse drug reactions of these medications as well as evaluate the effects that these medications may have on a patient’s overall performance during a rehab session.

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Management of Oxygen Delivery Devices in Acute Care Rehabilitationkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Introduction to Oxygen and Oxygen Delivery DevicesChapter 1

    This chapter will provide an overall understanding of oxygen and oxygen delivery, including the various oxygen devices that are encountered in patient care. To safely conduct rehab sessions for patients on supplemental oxygen, it is important to know the clinical decision-making process as well as the benefits and limitations of each oxygen delivery device.

  • Oxygen ManagementChapter 2

    This chapter will cover components of assessment and treatment for a patient requiring supplemental oxygen. It is important for a rehab clinician to understand the preparation required for a session, the titration/weaning process, and signs of activity intolerance.

  • Patient CasesChapter 3

    This chapter will explore various patient scenarios to facilitate clinical decision-making skills on appropriate oxygen delivery device selection. It is important for the rehab clinician to be able to apply the concepts discussed in this course to select appropriate oxygen delivery devices when mobilizing patients.

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Section 3: Ventilation and Tracheostomy

1 Chapters

Mechanical Ventilation and Tracheostomy in Acute Care Rehabilitationkeyboard_arrow_down

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  • Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation (MV)Chapter 1

    This chapter will provide an overall understanding of mechanical ventilation, including indications, goals, and complications. To safely manage patients requiring mechanical ventilation, it is important to understand the difference between invasive and noninvasive ventilation as well as the different modes, settings, and types of breaths that can be delivered by mechanical ventilation.

  • Artificial Airways and TracheostomyChapter 2

    This chapter will provide an overall understanding of artificial airways with a focus on tracheostomy. It is important for a rehab clinician to understand the different types, indications, and complications of artificial airways to safely manage patients during a rehab session.

  • Management of a Patient Requiring Mechanical Ventilation or TracheostomyChapter 3

    It is important for a rehab clinician to safely manage a patient who requires mechanical ventilation and/or tracheostomy. This chapter will discuss the negative effects of bed rest and the benefits of exercise and will introduce the audience to an evidence-based approach to optimize recovery and outcomes for these patients. Included will be a specific focus on mobility safety considerations using a traffic light approach in patients requiring mechanical ventilation.

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Section 4: Supplemental Materials

1 Chapters

Instructors
Ashley Poole

PT, DPT

CEU Approved

9 total hours* of accredited coursework.
MedBridge accredits each course individually so you can earn CEUs as you progress.

      Our clinic could not be happier with MedBridge.

Amy Lee, MPT, OCS
Physical Therapy Central

       MedBridge has allowed us to create a culture of learning that we were previously unable to attain with traditional coursework.

Zach Steele, PT, DPT, OCS
Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

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Grant R. Koster, PT, ATC, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Operations, Athletico Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get CEU credit?
Each course is individually accredited. Please check each course for your state and discipline. You can receive CEU credit after each course is completed.

When do I get my certificate?
You will receive accredited certificates of completion for each course as you complete them. Once you have completed the entire Certificate Program you will receive your certificate for the program.

*Accreditation Hours
Each course is individually accredited and exact hours will vary by state and discipline. Check each course for specific accreditation for your license.

Do I have to complete the courses in order?
It is not required that you complete the courses in order. Each Certificate Program's content is built to be completed sequentially but it is not forced to be completed this way.

How long do I have access to the Certificate Program?
You will have access to this Certificate Program for as long as you are a subscriber. Your initial subscription will last for one year from the date you purchase.

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