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Interprofessional Management of
Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) is gaining increased attention from healthcare professionals and the general public. PICS describes a triad of problems that survivors of critical illness may experience, resulting in long-term activity limitations, participation restrictions, and reduced quality of life.

This webinar provides an overview of PICS, a description of the syndrome, information on incidence and prevalence, and the importance of interprofessional management in the post-acute care setting. A review of examination and treatment strategies for the physical problems associated with PICS are presented, as well as screening tools for cognitive and mental health problems.

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Instructor Bios

Jim Smith, PT, DPT, MA, is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Utica College. Prior to that, much of his career has been in hospital-based practice. His service to the profession includes President, Education Committee chair, Nominating Committee chair, and Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee chair in APTA Acute Care; treasurer, director, and Public Relations Committee chair in the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association; Nominating Committee chair and delegate for the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA); and the Awards Committee chair and service on several committees for the American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally, he has been a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, APTA Acute Care, Neurology, Geriatrics, and Education. He has served on ational Quality Forum’s Patient Safety - Complications Steering Committee and on CMS’s Technical Expert Panel on Functional Outcome Quality Measures for Long-Term Care Hospitals.

Hallie Zeleznik, PT, DPT, is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Professional Development for UPMC Centers for Rehab Services in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist. She previously held the positions of Assistant Director of the Outpatient Neurologic/Vestibular Program for UPMC Centers for Rehab Services and Team Leader of the Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. Hallie has 19 years of clinical experience with specific expertise in brain injury, stroke, vestibular disorders, concussion, and post-intensive care syndrome rehabilitation. Her professional roles include clinical practice, program development and implementation, quality improvement, leadership, and mentoring/teaching. She serves as a faculty member for UPMC Centers for Rehab Service’s Neurologic & Geriatric Residency Programs and is both a clinical and an adjunct faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy. Hallie is a committee member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy's Knowledge Translation Taskforce addressing the Clinical Practice Guideline: A Core Set of Outcome Measures for Adults with Neurologic Conditions Undergoing Physical Therapy. She is also currently serving a four-year term on the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties' Neurologic Specialty Council.

Patricia J. Ohtake, PT, PhD, is the Assistant Vice President for Interprofessional Education in the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences and Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Ohtake’s research focuses on acute and critical care rehabilitation, including post-intensive care syndrome, the use of simulation for physical therapist education and interprofessional education, as an acute care physical therapist, Dr. Ohtake has over 40 years of experience. Dr. Ohtake is the recipient of the APTA Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Faculty Member, APTA Lucy Blair Service Award, and APTA Acute Care Lecture Award. She has over 70 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters, and has been a consistent presenter at chapter, national, and international conferences.

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