This module is presented by the Academy of Acute Care Management, and is free to the profession.

Physical Therapy in the intensive care unit has become the standard of care for this fragile population of patients. As an essential member of the critical care team, Physical therapists should have an understanding of the common medications these patients will be receiving so that both desired and side effects can be properly integrated into the plan of care. This course will discuss the pharmacotherapeutics of common ICU drip medications as well as strategies to assist with clinical decision making in this complex care environment.

Meet our Presenters

Jamie Dyson, PT, DPT has been practicing acute care physical therapy for over 25 years. His primary area of practice has been in the intensive care units specializing in trauma and burn care. He is a certified instructor for Advanced Burn Life Support as well as both an APTA Basic and Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Central Florida Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program; teaching cardiopulmonary physical therapy, integumentary, clinical integrations, pharmacology, and acute care physical therapy. Jamie received his BS in PT from Northeastern University, Boston, MA and completed his t-DPT through A.T. Still University. Dr. Dyson was awarded the Signe Brunnstrom Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2013 and the FPTA Fred Rutan Award for Outstanding Service in 2017. He was a member of the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy Practice Committee. He is actively involved with the Florida Physical Therapy Association serving as Chapter President.

Kathy Swanick, PT, DPT, OCS is on Faculty and Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers Florida and currently serves as an instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and with the Le Health System at Health Park Hospital where she works in acute care and critical care. She is originally from upstate New York where she was actively engaged in orthopedic clinical practice while teaching in the Physical therapy program at the Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. She received her BS in Physical Therapy and Biology from Russell Sage College and her MS in Community Health Education. She completed her DPT in 2005. Her primary areas of clinical practice have included acute care, outpatient private practice, and home care. She received her Board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the ABPTS in 2003 and renewed her OCS in 2013. She has been active in the APTA and FPTA and has served as a district officer, Representative to the APTA House of Delegates, Regional Director and Secretary of the Florida Physical therapy Association and 2 terms as FPTA President. She is currently serving as Director of Advocacy on the FPTA Board of Directors, and as a member of the APTA PPAC ( Public Policy and Advocacy Committee) She is a member of the APTA Academy of Acute Care Practice Committee and co author of the revised Lab values Manual and competency.

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Jamie Dyson, PT, DPT; Kathy Swanick, PT, DPT, OCS

Learning objectives

  1. Discuss an overview pharmacotherapeutics in pharmacology.
  2. Analyze a critical care medication list to make clinical decisions for patient care
  3. Integrate the pharmacodynamics of the medications discussed into the physical therapy plan of care.
  4. Describe situations when Physical therapy should be held and when it is safe to continue.


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