This module is presented by the Academy of Acute Care Management.
It is free to the profession.
Many physical therapists express frustration with identifying and interpreting key lab results. While interpreting lab
values can be complex, it is important for physical therapists to utilize these findings for safe and effective exercise
prescription. The Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy Practice Committee updated its Lab Values Interpretation Resources,
outlining the necessity for every PT and PTA to demonstrate competence with lab value interpretation in clinical decision making.
It is expected that each physical therapist will integrate information from the chart review in order to anticipate medical
conditions and recognize lab values that may affect intervention. PTs and PTAs need to recognize clinical implications of
lab values and how to make modifications to the plan of care. The speakers will present this updated document with a succinct
guide for the busy therapy provider. Through lecture, cases, and quizzes, attendees will recognize the importance of lab
values and their implications to promote safe and effective care.
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 practices at Central Florida Regional
Hospital in Sanford Florida. He is a Courtesy Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Central Florida Doctorate
of Physical Therapy Program; teaching cardiopulmonary, 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 is 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.
Dr. Kim Levenhagen PT, DPT, WCC, CLT, FNAP is an associate professor at Saint Louis University. She teaches the acute
care curriculum, Communication Processes, and Interprofessional Team Seminar. Dr. Levenhagen is an APTA Credentialed Clinical
Instructor and Credentialed Advanced Clinical Instructor. She is a member of the Academies of Acute Care and Clinical
Electrophysiology and Wound Management, and Oncologic Physical Therapy. She is a member of the Academy of Acute Care Physical
Therapy Practice Committee and the Nominating Committee. She has Wound Care Certification and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist
as well as extensive clinical experience in acute care. She has published in the areas of infection control, HIV, lymphedema,
wound care and education. She serves on the clinical practice guideline for upper quadrant lymphedema. Dr. Levenhagen received
Excellence in Classroom Teaching for the Doisy College of Health Sciences in 2013, the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award in
2014, the Avis Meyer Excellence in Advising award in 2015, the James Korn Award for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in
2018 and the Phil Lyons Outstanding Staff Award in 2018.
Traci Norris, PT, DPT is an acute care physical therapist and Rehabilitation Clinical Specialist for evidence-based
practice and clinical practice change at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has been responsible for leading
groups and initiatives around evidence-based practice and best practice initiatives at her facility. She is a board-certified
geriatric clinical specialist and is chair of the Practice Committee for the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy (AACPT).
She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and Credentialed Advanced Clinical Instructor. She has presented locally and
nationally on areas including acute care physical therapy, evidence-based practice, frailty, geriatrics, and early mobilization.
She is a recipient of the Mary Sinnott award for Clinical Excellence in Acute Care from the Academy of Acute Care Physical
Therapy and the Patty K Sheets Award for Excellence in Physical Therapy Education from Washington University Program in Physical
Kathy Swanick PT DPT Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist has been a practicing Physical Therapist for over 30 years
working in areas of outpatient orthopedics and for the past 12 years in acute care and ICU settings. She is an APTA certified
clinical instructor, and is actively engaged with the Academy of Acute Care serving on the Practice Committee, Lab Values Task
force and Vital signs task force. She is currently practicing at Health Park Medical Center with the Lee Health System in Fort
Myers Florida and also serves as an Instructor in the DPT program at Florida Gulf Coast University teaching content in complex
medical, acute care, wound care and orthopedics. She has also served in leadership roles with the Florida Physical Therapy
Association including Regional Director, Chapter Secretary, 2 terms as Chapter President and is currently serving as Director