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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 complex patient management, as well as cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy, and has been an invited speaker at multiple national and regional conferences. She also serves as the assistant director of clinical education at Duke. Related to this role, she is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) advanced credentialed clinical instructor and an APTA credentialed clinical trainer of the CCIP Level 1 course. She received the Outstanding Clinical Educator of the Year award for her excellence in clinical teaching. She maintains her clinical practice in acute care and has a passion for critically ill patients.

Dr. Poole's professional service extends both locally and nationally. She has served in multiple roles in the American Physical Therapy Association. In her state chapter, she is currently a chapter delegate and serves on the nominating committee. Nationally, she has served on the APTA Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialty Council, as secretary/treasurer for the Academic Faculty Special Interest Group in the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, and on the leadership committee of the joint task force that authored the Adult Vital Sign Interpretation in Acute Care Guide. Dr. Poole's research is focused on optimizing function for patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, promoting early mobilization for hospitalized patients, and improving clinical education experiences for physical therapy students and clinical instructors. She completed the Duke AHEAD Certificate Program in Health Professions Education and Teaching and was selected as a fellow in Duke's Teaching for Equity fellowship program. She was also extremely honored to be selected by the APTA as one of their centennial scholars.

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Acute Care Overview for the Rehab Practitioner

Presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Acute Care Overview for the Rehab Practitioner

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Video Runtime: 52 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

Working in the acute care environment can be intimidating because rehab practitioners are treating and mobilizing patients with increasingly complex needs. While rehab practitioners have the necessary knowledge and skills, getting oriented in a hospital can feel overwhelming. This course will provide rehab practitioners with an overview of the acute care environment and increase awareness of what to expect when working in a hospital setting. Information in this course could be applicable to any health profession, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, that treats patients in the acute care setting.

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Pharmacology in Acute Care Rehabilitation

Presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Pharmacology in Acute Care Rehabilitation

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Video Runtime: 47 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Rehab practitioners are treating and mobilizing patients with increasingly complex needs, including patients who require multiple medications to manage their conditions. It is important for rehab practitioners to understand the basics of pharmacology and the associated adverse reactions of various medications. This course will provide an overview of common medication classes encountered in the acute care environment as well as clinical considerations to optimize safety during rehab sessions. Information in this course could be applicable to any health profession, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, that treats and mobilizes patients in the acute care setting.

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Patient Safety and the Environment in Acute Care Rehabilitation

Presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Patient Safety and the Environment in Acute Care Rehabilitation

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Video Runtime: 46 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

Hospitals are complex environments. Rehab practitioners working in acute care interface with various aspects of the environment, including patients, staff, equipment, and services. Rehab practitioners must provide safe, high-quality care to patients without compromising the environment or their own health and safety. This course will provide rehab practitioners with an understanding of environmental considerations in acute care as well as safety considerations related to the environment prior to and during a rehab session. Information in this course could be applicable to any health profession, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, that treats patients in the acute care setting.

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Vital Sign Interpretation in Acute Care Rehabilitation

Presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Vital Sign Interpretation in Acute Care Rehabilitation

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Video Runtime: 55 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Due to medical advances and emerging research, patients are living longer with more complex medical needs. As a result, practitioners are treating and mobilizing patients with increasingly complex needs in the acute care setting. It is important that rehab practitioners possess a solid understanding of vital signs in order to monitor the hemodynamic stability of their patients and determine a safe plan of care. This course will guide practitioners in vital sign interpretation to determine a patient's readiness for activity, tolerance to activity, and risk for adverse events. Normal and abnormal vital sign responses to exercise will be covered, as well as clinical considerations for special populations. Information in this course could be applicable to any health profession, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, that treats and mobilizes patients in the acute care setting.

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

Presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

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

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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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Mechanical Ventilation and Tracheostomy in Acute Care Rehabilitation

Presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Mechanical Ventilation and Tracheostomy in Acute Care Rehabilitation

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Video Runtime: 45 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 35 Minutes

Evidence indicates that early mobilization of patients has many beneficial effects. Clinicians are treating and mobilizing patients in the intensive care unit with increasingly complex needs, including patients who require mechanical ventilation and/or tracheostomy. It is important that clinicians understand the basics of managing these patients to ensure safe and evidence-based practice. This course will provide clinicians with a basic understanding of mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy care and teach clinicians how to safely manage these patients during a rehab treatment session. Information in this course could be applicable to any health profession, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, that treats and mobilizes patients who require mechanical ventilation and/or tracheostomy in the acute care setting.

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Management of Oxygen Delivery Devices in Acute Care Rehabilitation

Presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Management of Oxygen Delivery Devices in Acute Care Rehabilitation

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Video Runtime: 44 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

Due to advances in medicine, patients are living longer with more complex medical needs. As a result, rehab clinicians are evaluating and treating patients who require supplemental oxygen. It is important that clinicians understand how to appropriately utilize and manage various oxygen delivery devices during rehab sessions. This course will educate clinicians on how to safely manage and make clinical decisions for patients requiring supplemental oxygen, including device selection and oxygen titration. Information in this course could be applicable in any setting where health professions treat and mobilize patients on supplemental oxygen, including physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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Interpretation of Lab Values in Acute Care Rehabilitation

Presented by Ashley Poole, PT, DPT

Interpretation of Lab Values in Acute Care Rehabilitation

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Video Runtime: 44 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Due to medical advances and emerging research, patients are living longer with more complex medical needs. As a result, clinicians are treating and mobilizing patients with increasingly complex needs in the acute care setting. It is important that clinicians possess a basic understanding of lab values and their reference ranges to determine an appropriate and safe plan of care for their patients. This course will guide clinicians in lab value interpretation to identify potential causes, patient presentations, and clinical implications for values outside the reference ranges, as well as safety considerations when mobilizing these patients. Information in this course could be applicable to any health profession that treats and mobilizes patients in the acute care setting, including physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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