COVID-19 For the Rehab Therapist (Part 1/2): Pathophysiology and Presentation in the Acute and ICU Environment
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in nearly 140 million people becoming infected with the SARS-COV-2 virus in the US from March of 2020 through July of 2023. The result was an influx in acutely and critically ill patients being treated in the hospital, advanced utilization of oxygen and life support devices, and prolonged lengths of hospitalizations. With variations in clinical presentation across the timespan of the pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be a moving target for rehabilitation therapists to understand the needs of these patients both acutely and chronically. This course, in part...Read more one of two, will discuss the pathophysiology of variants of COVID-19, the acute presentation of ARDS and the acute-on-chronic presentation of COVID Fibrosis, with related medical and rehabilitation considerations. Case studies relating to each presentation will be discussed along the way including medical presentation, pharmacology, and laboratory markers as well as treatment strategies for each phase of illness. Less...
- Discuss the foundational physiology of COVID-19 and the underlying disease process.
- Describe common mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19 patient presentations and related complications and the impact on physical functioning.
- Differentiate when to initiate examination, evaluation, and/or interventions in the acute setting with considerations for likely impairments.
- Discuss approaches to creatively optimize patient physical functioning post-COVID in the acute and ICU settings.
Saturday, October 07, 2023
09:00 AM EDT - 11:00 AM EDTRegister for this Webinar
About the speaker
Katelyn Whitlock, PT, DPT, MSEd, CCS
9:00 am - 9:15 am: COVID Virology and Epidemiology.
9:15 am - 9:30 am: COVID Pathophysiology.
9:30 am - 9:45 am: Clinical presentation of COVID-19.
9:45 am - 10:00 am: Medical Care of the acutely ill COVID-19 patient including monitoring and support, oxygen delivery devices (invasive/non-invasive), and pharmacology.
10:00 am - 10:30 am: Acute Care and ICU Management of the COVID-19 patient:
Vital signs and ABG monitoring for exercise titration.
Maximizing functional and medical outcomes.
Medical considerations for best practice (meds: benzos, anti-anxiety, sedation, pre-oxygenation, timing of procedures, weaning of support or ventilation timing).
10:30 am - 10:50 am: Final Case Review.
10:50 am - 11:00 am: Q&A, conclusion.
CE Information - Earn 2 CE Credit Hours
New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy
Texas Physical Therapy Association
Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
Ohio Physical Therapy Association
Michigan Board of Physical Therapy
Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice
Michigan Board of Occupational Therapy
New York State Education Department's State Board for Occupational Therapy
Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board
New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy
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