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Online: CSM11: Emergency Department Physical Therapist Service Removing Barriers and Building Bridges
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Michael James Brickens, PT; Carleen Elizabeth Jogodka, PT, DPT; Michael Thomas Lebec, PT, PhD; Lisa Ann Tenbarge, PT, DPT


$56.70 Acute Care Section Members | $63 Member | $105 Nonmember (fee subject to change)

CEU: 0.4 CEUs/CCUs (4.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test.You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit
Course Level: Intermediate
Publication Date: May 2011


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

Physical therapists (PTs) have recently been described as practitioners capable of providing specialized expertise in the Emergency Department (ED). Nonetheless, expansion of ED PT practice presents challenges. Traditional ED providers and even many PTs have limited understanding of how therapists may provide expertise in this setting. The purpose of this course is to describe a framework for establishing and sustaining ED PT practice. The presentation will provide an overview of ED PT services, summarize supportive evidence, describe program development efforts, and illustrate examples in which services have resulted in improved interdisciplinary patient management. Through these approaches, the profession may overcome barriers to such practice and cross bridges connecting traditional and physical therapist enhanced ED care.

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After completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the role PT consultation may play in improving care provided in the ED setting.
  2. Describe various models of ED PT practice being utilized by existing U.S. programs.
  3. Compare and communicate the process existing programs have used to overcome practice barriers, develop sustainable programs, and obtain reimbursement for ED PT services.
  4. Develop a basic plan for establishing an ED PT program in their respective facility.

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Presenter(s) Bios

Michael James Brickens, PT, is the lead physical therapist in the Emergency Department at Clarian Health in Indianapolis. His program has been highlighted in national presentations and has been featured in Advance. He has served as a consultant to many individuals involved in developing emergency department physical therapy programs.

Carleen Elizabeth Jogodka, PT, DPT, is a graduate of Regis University in Denver, CO and for the past 6 years has been the lead physical therapist working in a level-2 emergency department (ED) at St. Joseph’s Carondelet Hospital in Tucson, AZ. She received OCS certification in 2007 and is an orthopaedic fellow in training with Evidence in Motion. Her work in communicating the role of the ED physical therapist has included peer reviewed presentations at the national and local levels, as well as co-authoring a clinical commentary in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy.

Michael Thomas Lebec, PT, PhD, is a member of the Northern Arizona University Physical Therapy faculty. From 2000 & 2003, he served as a staff therapist in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph Carondelet Hospital in Tucson, AZ. This program was among the first to offer full time physical therapist service in the Emergency Department and was featured in the September, 2000 issue of PT magazine. Since joining the faculty at Northern Arizona University, he has worked to develop a scholarly agenda related to Emergency Department physical therapist practice. Along with his co-presenters, he is the lead author on two peer reviewed publications and multiple national and international presentations related to this practice area. He has served as a consultant for many individuals involved with developing Emergency Department physical therapy programs. His work in this area has been featured as an innovative approach to health care by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

Lisa Ann Tenbarge, PT, DPT, graduated from NAU '89 and worked in outpatient therapy at Flagstaff Medical Center for 15 years. In March of 2004, she began a program offering physical therapy services in the emergency department of Flagstaff Medical Center. She has worked full time in the emergency department since that time and to date the program has evaluated and treated over 9000 patients. Lisa was a featured speaker at the fall 2006 Arizona Physical Therapy Association meeting on 'Physical Therapy and Emergency Medicine'. She presented a poster in June 2007 at 15th International WCPT Congress in Vancouver BC entitled Physical Therapy in the Emergency Department as well as a poster at the International Summit on Advanced Practice in Washington DC in October 2009 entitled 'Early Access to Physical Therapy Services in the Emergency Department'. She was also coauthor of a peer reviewed article describing physician perceptions of emergency department physical therapy services.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.4 CEUs (4.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.35 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 14S1903
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 4 Category B Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX
  • Pennsylvania: Denied

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System Requirements
Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation and a posttest. Handouts, when made available by the presenters, are availabe as downloadable PDFs within the course. Computer System Requirements.

Recommended Internet Connection: 
The CSM 2011 courses are presented using streaming video technology.  We recommend users have at least a high-speed cable or DSL connection.  Dial up modems and/or Satellite Internet connections are not recommended.

Keywords: Acute Care

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