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Early Mobility Best Practices: Case Studies

presented by Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAPTA

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Financial: Ellen Hillegass is owner and CEO of PT Cardiopulmonary Educators, a web-based continuing education company. She receives royalties from two books: Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and PT Clinical Notes. She is also an employee and receives wages from South College Knoxville and South College Atlanta. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Nonfinancial: Ellen Hillegass is a volunteer with the Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary PT of the APTA. She has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 47 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 36 Minutes

This course was developed to help the clinician working with complex patients, mostly those who are found in the ICU and who would do worse if left on bed rest. Bed rest and inactivity have their own set of problems that prevent functional improvement in a timely manner after a serious illness. In this course, case studies are presented to apply the principles of early mobility, including the chart review, initial examination, interventions, and outcome measures. This course is appropriate for all members of the mobility team, including PTs, PTAs, OTs, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, and nurses.

Meet Your Instructor

Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAPTA

Dr. Ellen Hillegass is a physical therapist with APTA board certification in the cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialty. She is currently a professor on the core faculty at South College Knoxville and South College Atlanta and is an adjunct professor at Mercer University in Atlanta in the department of physical therapy. Ellen is also the…

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1. Overview of Initial Examination, Interventions, and Outcome Measures

This chapter will provide an overview of components of an initial examination, interventions for patients in the ICU, and outcome measures for early mobility patients. This overview will help the learner understand the structure of the case study discussion in this course.

2. The ICU Patient Admitted With Advanced Heart Failure

This chapter will cover a case study presentation with a discussion of abnormal lab values, medications, and diagnostic tests; a discussion of indications/contraindications/precautions to mobility; and a discussion of initial examination, interventions, and outcome measures.

3. The ICU Patient Admitted With COVID ARDS

This chapter will cover a case study presentation with a discussion of abnormal lab values, medications, and diagnostic tests; a discussion of indications/contraindications/precautions to mobility; and a discussion of initial examination, interventions, and outcome measures.

4. The ICU Patient Admitted With COPD and Heart Failure

This chapter will cover a case study presentation with a discussion of abnormal lab values, medications, and diagnostic tests; a discussion of indications/contraindications/precautions to mobility; and a discussion of initial examination, interventions, and outcome measures.

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