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The Clinically Complex Geriatric Patient

presented by Tamara Gravano, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS, CEEAA

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

Non-Financial: Tamara Gravano has no competing non-financial 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: 79 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Many patients have clinically complex presentations that fluctuate in severity or affect their ability to participate in physical therapy. These patients typically have high medical risk, or their conditions affect multiple organs or systems. This course will assist the learner in developing sound rationale for a skilled treatment plan of care. This course is primarily intended for physical therapists but may also be useful for other inpatient health care providers.

Meet Your Instructor

Tamara Gravano, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS, CEEAA

Dr. Gravano is an associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and is the director of survey research at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She earned her BHS, MSPT, and transitional DPT from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and completed her EdD in leadership studies (emphasis in higher education…

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1. The Typical Atypical Complex Patient

This chapter is a general introduction to the various body systems and their interactions with each other during changes in activity level and the severity of pathology.

2. Risks and Benefits of Physical Activity

This chapter is an overview of the overall and system-by-system risks and benefits of participation in physical activity.

3. Modification of Treatment Approaches and Goals

This chapter will breakdown various strategies to recognize segmental changes in function and modify treatments and goals based on the patient presentation.

4. Case-Based Application

This chapter will focus on application of the course content in a stepwise clinical decision-making fashion, with rationales for each intervention and/or goal.

5. Documentation and Final Considerations

This chapter will focus on documentation of progress during an evolving plan of care and wrap up any final considerations.

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