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

presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

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Financial: Ashley Poole receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Ashley Poole is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy, Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy, and Academy of Education. 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: 52 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Mobilizing patients in the acute care setting can be intimidating. With the increased implementation of early mobility protocols, more patients with complex care needs are being mobilized with greater numbers of lines, leads, tubes, and drains. It is important for clinicians to be able to safely manage these patients. This course will help clinicians identify common lines, leads, tubes, and drains in the acute care setting and become familiar with safety precautions during patient mobility. Information in this course could be applicable to any health profession, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, that treats and mobilizes patients in an acute care setting.

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Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Ashley Poole, PT, DPT, holds a full-time faculty appointment in the Doctor of Physical Therapy division at Duke University. She has more than 20 years of clinical practice experience and was awarded board certification as a cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2013. She teaches courses on…

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1. Overview of Lines, Leads, Tubes, and Drains

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.

2. Lines and Leads

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.

3. Tubes and Drains

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.

4. Mechanical Circulatory Devices (MCDs)

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.

5. Case Studies

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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