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2021-2022 Catalog 
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PTA 262 - Acute Care Lab

Credits: 2
Practice, discuss, implement and modify techniques encountered in the practice of physical therapy in acute care settings, including cardiac care, pulmonary care, burn care, skin care, post-operative conditions, and geriatrics.

Enrollment Requirement: PTA 130  with a grade of 2.0 or higher; and concurrent enrollment in PTA 212 .

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and modify/progress evidence based physical therapy interventions to address specific patient situations including:
    • mobilizing patients in critical care
    • airway wound techniques
    • conducting cardiac rehabilitation exercises
    • post-op surgeries and pulmonary precautions
  2. Demonstrate safe equipment handling.
  3. Demonstrate  correct universal precautions, infection control procedures, isolation techniques, and wound management techniques.
  4. Apply and remove dressings and/or agents.
  5. Identify precautions for dressing removal.
  6. Describe and demonstrate how to establish and maintain a sterile field
  7. Participate in medical record review, documentation and interdisciplinary communication.
  8. Implement patient education strategies, including instruct patients and families in appropriate activities for safe discharge.
  9. Assess the physiological response to activity via observation and vital signs.
  10. Incorporate pain management strategies into the physical therapy intervention plan.
  11. Accurately document an intervention session in an acute care setting.

Program Outcomes
  1. Implement plans of care developed by physical therapists.
  2. Provide care in a safe, legal and ethical manner.
  3. Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients, families, physical therapists and other care providers both verbally and non‐verbally including accurate written communication and documentation.
  4. Instruct patients, families and other health care providers using techniques consistent with the level of the audience.
  5. Function as integral team members and participate in the team process.
  6. Transition to successful employment as PTAs.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.

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