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Jennifer Ryan

PT, DPT, MS, CCS

Jennifer Marie Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS, graduated from the Physical Therapy program at the University of Illinois in 1990 and went on to complete both a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. In July 2006, she was awarded board certification as a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In 2012 she was awarded the Mary Sinnott Award for Excellence in Acute Care and she was awarded the Acute Care Section Lecture for 2014.

Throughout her physical therapy career, she has specialized in physical therapy care for critically ill patients. In her current position at the University of Chicago Medical Center she mentors staff and students about management of acutely ill patients along with her patient care. Her teaching in the area of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy includes several continuing education seminars, and as a contract faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.
She serves as: a delegate from the Illinois Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Education Chair for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of APTA, and as a member of the Subject Matters Expert Task Force of the Acute Care Section of APTA. She founded Rehab Education Formula, an online resource for therapist-focused education.

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Management of the Critically Ill Aging Client with Type 2 Respiratory Failure

Presented by Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS

Management of the Critically Ill Aging Client with Type 2 Respiratory Failure

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The physical therapist management of aging patients with a COPD exacerbation is complex, and requires ongoing clinical reasoning to determine the patient's readiness to participate, as well as their ability to progress versus their need to rest. The considerations that need to be weighed are related to the patient's cardiovascular function and hemodynamic stability, their pulmonary function and dependence on ventilatory support, positive pressure ventilation (or supplemental oxygen), and their neuromuscular function and overall muscular weakness that can be a result of a prolonged critical illness and immobility. Medications and interventions required to manage their critical illness must also be considered. Participants will learn the pathophysiology of COPD related to the prolonged illness as well as the sequelae of an exacerbation, the evaluative components necessary to weigh into the clinical reasoning of when a patient is ready to participate, as well as when an individual demonstrates that they have exceeded their capacity. Through a case-based presentation, the learner will gain insights into the many possible clinical scenarios that can present with an aging patient with a COPD exacerbation who is critically ill.

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Management of the Critically Ill Aging Client with a CHF Exacerbation

Presented by Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS

Management of the Critically Ill Aging Client with a CHF Exacerbation

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The physical therapist management of aging patients with a heart failure (HF) exacerbation is complex, and requires ongoing clinical reasoning to determine the patient's readiness to participate, as well as their ability to progress versus their need to rest. The considerations that need to be weighed are related to the patient's cardiovascular function and hemodynamic stability, their pulmonary function and dependence on ventilatory support, positive pressure ventilation (or supplemental oxygen), renal function, and their neuromuscular function and overall muscular weakness that can be a result of a prolonged critical illness and immobility. Medications and interventions required to manage their critical illness must also be considered. Participants will learn the pathophysiology of HF related to the prolonged illness as well as the sequelae of an exacerbation, the evaluative components necessary to weigh into the clinical reasoning of when a patient is ready to participate, as well as when an individual demonstrates that they have exceeded their capacity. Through a case-based presentation, the learner will gain insights into the many possible clinical scenarios that can present with an aging patient with a HF exacerbation who is critically ill.

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Management of the Critically Ill Aging Client with Type 1 Respiratory Failure

Presented by Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS

Management of the Critically Ill Aging Client with Type 1 Respiratory Failure

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The physical therapist management of aging patients with Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS) is complex and requires ongoing clinical reasoning to determine the patient's readiness to participate as well as their ability to progress versus their need to rest. The considerations that need to be weighed are related to the patient's cardiovascular function and hemodynamic stability, their pulmonary function, and their dependence on ventilatory support. Other factors include positive pressure ventilation, supplemental oxygen, and the patient's neuromuscular function and overall muscular weakness that can be a result of a prolonged critical illness and immobility as well as the medications and interventions required to manage their critical illness. Participants will learn the pathophysiology of ARDS, the evaluative components necessary to weigh into the clinical reasoning for when a patient is ready to participate as well as when an individual demonstrates that they have exceeded their capacity. Through a case-based presentation, the learner will gain insights into the many possible clinical scenarios that can present with an aging patient with ARDS.

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The Pathophysiology of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Presented by Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS

The Pathophysiology of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Video Runtime: 68 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 42 Minutes

The pathophysiology of COPD impacts many body systems. The disease of COPD is classified in four stages using the GOLD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) Standards. While most people think of the direct pulmonary changes that are a result of the pathophysiology of COPD, the disease impacts multiple body systems. Changes in connective tissue quality lead to both increased compliance in the lung tissue as well as accelerated airway collapse on rapid exhalation, which both impact the propensity for CO2 retention and can alter pH. There is a direct impact on muscle physiology in COPD that is not related to impaired oxygenation but that does relate to both the morbidity and mortality of patients with COPD. Cor pulmonale is a term related to right heart failure that is a result of changes in pulmonary pressures and the heart's ability to flow blood forward into the pulmonary vasculature that is altered by the connective tissue environment of the lungs that surrounds it. Common medications required to manage the respiratory symptoms of COPD further impact tissue quality of the skin that reduce turgor and resilience. And, ongoing breathlessness impacts a patient's ability to manage their respiratory rate and volume. All of these sequelae will be explored to best understand the multisystem impairments of a patient with COPD as they progress through the continuum of the first through fourth stages.

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