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Fall Risk and Functional Impairments: Using Standardized Tests to Guide Treatment
Fall Risk and Functional Impairments: Using Standardized Tests to Guide Treatment


When:  Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Therapists and other healthcare practitioners, have an increasingly complex role in discharge planning from acute care as hospital stays become shorter and 30 day readmission rates are more closely scrutinized. It is imperative that acute care therapists not only identify but also be able to quantify functional impairments and fall risk. Standardized testing in hospitals is complicated by the frailty of the patient population, management of multiple lines and medical issues, as well as time constraints.

This course is designed to help healthcare practitioners by giving a familiarity with the variety of tests to choose from, and to assist them in making sense of the tests’ outcomes. Attendees will learn and practice tests that can be used on patients with high level of mobility as well as those tests that are appropriate for the ICU. During this lab-intensive course, you will be introduced to an array of objective measures that can be used to enhance assessments and documentation, to guide treatment, and aide in discharge planning. 
  • Examine barriers with using standardized tests and how to avoid them

  • Demonstrate evidence based tests that are applicable in the acute care setting

  • Compose appropriate documentation with quantifiable, objective measures

  • Determine how standardized tests can be used in the ICU and with other medically complex patients

  • Discover how using standardized testing can guide discharge planning and reduce the risk of 30 day readmissions

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapists Assistants

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Rehab Nurses

  • Rehab Directors


RACHEL BLACKWOOD, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist with nearly 15 years of experience. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with her M.S. in Physical Therapy, then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of South Alabama. Although she has experience in a variety of settings, the majority of her career has been in acute care. She has been involved in program development, staff training, and clinical education. Ms. Blackwood has also served as adjunct faculty at the Jefferson State LPTA program. Her interests include acute and medically complex patients and she has been a team leader in critical care units. She is currently employed by Duke University Health Systems in Raleigh, NC as a weekend therapist. As a weekend PT, she encounters many patients who are “discharge issues,” where her use of standardized tests is a critical consideration for recommending the appropriate discharge placement.

Financial- Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education.
Nonfinancial- No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This course is offered for 6 contact hours.

Nurses: California
Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 16668, for 7.2 contact hours. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded.

Nurses: Florida
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants
Vyne Education, LLC. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Intermediate, Category 1: Domain of OT, 2: Occupational Therapy Process.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: New York
Vyne Education, LLC. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This seminar is awarded 7.2 contact hours.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: Maryland: This program has been submitted to the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for pre-approval of 0.6 continuing education hours.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: New Jersey: This program has been approved for 6 continuing education credits by the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants (Approval # 1803-34).

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: Pennsylvania: This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy for a total of 6 contact hours of which 0 hours have been approved for Direct Access. PA Board Approval #PTCE013159.

Other Professions
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Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

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Certificates, Educational Offering Completion Requirements: Certificates will be awarded upon receipt of payment and successful completion of the educational offering and evaluation form.

Amended Certificates: Please note that the credit hours listed above are offered by Vyne Education and/or boards/associations for a full day's attendance. In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling Vyne Education.

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"I can use this information daily in the acute care and ICU settings that I work in."
-L. Tregoning, PT

"Our hospital is developing a fall risk assessment program, the tests allow us to have an idea of the risk for future fall. Great course!!"
-T. Ramos, PT

"This course encourage me to start using standardized tests to validate the need for therapy and to show functional progress."
-P. Saxon, OT
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