This course will provide a detailed look at lab values and their application to management of the medically complex patients in relationship to physical, occupational and speech therapy. Attendees will be educated in how to access lab values resources. Discussion on the overview of the implications of lab values to differential diagnosis and the practice of PT, OT and speech therapy will occur. Discussion of concerns related to acute and chronic lab values changes and their implications will be discussed. At the end of the session, the practitioner should be able to determine the difference between arterial and venous blood draws and how to interpret the data provided by these blood draws. Arterial blood gasses will be reviewed to discuss their clinical meaning and their implications when interacting with a ventilated patient or a patient with respiratory insufficiency. In addition, covering of cellular lab values will include a review of normal and reasons for abnormal values related to platelets, RBC, WBC. This will also include a review of the literature on safety with regard to exercise guidelines and their effect on our clinical decision making. This course will also include an overview of electrolytes and their implications to the PT, OT or speech therapy practitioner. Mg+, H+, HCO3-, K+, Na+ will be covered and discussion will include information on the significance of hyperkalemia, hypokalemia, hypernatremia, hyponatremia and Ph in detail. Finally, lab value information and decision making related to the therapeutic medications used to treat DVT will be reviewed and discussed as they related to our clinical decision making.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1) Describe the role of lab values and the blood
2) List normal medical ranges for cellular and plasma lab values
3) State the safe lab value ranges for PT, OT or Speech intervention
4) Apply exercise guidelines with lab values into PT, OT or Speech treatment sessions
5) Identify patients with unsafe lab values for treatment
6) Analyze the implications for lab values from the medically complex perspective.
Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapists, Therapy Assistants and professionals.
PT CEU’s: Motivations, Inc. courses are approved for PT by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Motivations Inc is an approved provider of Physical Therapy continuing education by these professional bodies: Texas Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, ILDPR- Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Approved PT CE Sponsor, NY- New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions. Physical Therapy Board of California. Many state boards recognize these for pre-approval purposes. Contact us if you would like verification information on your state.
OT CEU’s: Motivations, Inc. is an approved CEU provider by AOTA for Distance Learning: Interactive. SLP CEU’s: This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
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