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2-Day: Acute Care Rehab Certificate Course: Strategies for Multi-Trauma Patients

Steven Rankin
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In any acute or ICU setting, you’ve got to be ready to encounter any and everything when integrating rehab into the plan of care – particularly for patients with multiple traumatic injuries.

From establishing early mobilization when treating multiple extremity injuries to managing lines/wires/tubes to discharge planning and billing correctly under the new guidelines – acute and ICU rehab can be overwhelming and quite stressful, even for the most seasoned clinician.

Gain the confidence you deserve in the hospital setting by exploring new interventions for improving functional mobility, independence, and outcomes with your most challenging patients. Even if you already use some of the techniques, this 2-day live webcast refines your skills and goes a long way in making your work more efficient and effective.

Designed for all practice levels, from the new grad to the veteran acute care practitioner, this hands-on certificate course will provide you with an updated knowledge base for making appropriate decisions within the ICU and acute care environments.

Gain age-appropriate strategies on how to best evaluate and treat patients with specific injuries, including multiple extremities, TBI, axial skeleton injuries, burns, and gunshot wounds – from acute to post-acute phases.

Sign up today for your chance to gain a certificate in acute care rehab, elevating you among your peers to bring the highest quality of care to those medically complex patients.



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. This webcast is a broadcast of a live event. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.6 contact hours.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 12.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. 

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # FBN2858. This course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours. 

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 12.6 contact hours. Full attendance in the activity is required; no partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. These contact hours are used for your license renewal. Please email with your license number, include the webcast title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid for the webcast.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours or 1.25 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 12.6 continuing education credits.

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Kansas Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

This course as been approved by the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association for 12.5 contact hours, (Class 1).


KANSAS PARTICIPANTS ONLY: To receive the special Kansas Occupational Therapy certificate, after completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, please contact to have your participation verified and the special certificate mailed to you. You will need to provide the full title of the webcast, speaker name, date of live broadcast, your name, your license number and mailing address in the email.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. This certificate is proof of your attendance. Please retain it in your records or use for submission as proof of completion when required.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

California Physical Therapists

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This course will qualify for 12.5 continuing competency hours.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This course qualifies for 12.5 CE Credit Hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This course qualifies for 15.2 contact hours. 

North Carolina Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation, Provider Number: 216-000071. This intermediate course is approved by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners by virtue of PESI Inc. approved provider status with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation. This course qualifies for 12.5 continuing education hours.

Pennsylvania Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy for 12.5 Hours.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 12.5 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 12.5 hours for completing this program.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 760 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



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Steven Rankin, OTR/L, has 20 years of experience as an acute care occupational therapist in an academic medical center, level 1 trauma and regional burn center, with a primary focus on trauma care. He left a career in the construction industry due to injury, which has provided him with a unique insight as a patient.

After many years of seeing continuing education available in specific content areas but not finding a comprehensive trauma course, he decided to create one himself. He has since trained physical and occupational therapy staff, Speech-Language Pathologists, nurse practitioners, and medical doctors in the treatment of traumatic injuries. Mr. Rankin is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in acute care.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Steve Rankin has an employment relationship with the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. He receives an honorarium from AOTA. Mr. Rankin receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Steven Rankin has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose. 

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Program Information


Click here to purchase the DVD or CD recording from our product store. CE hours and approvals on products may differ from live CE approvals.

Additional Resources

To order the book, Fundamental Sequences for the Medical Setting, please visit our product store.

To order the book, Neuro Notes: Clinical Pocket Guide, please visit our product store.

Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


  1. Discuss the trauma care delivery system including your facility’s and profession’s role in that system.
  2. Articulate mechanisms of injury and specific implications for therapy.
  3. Identify incidence and prevalence of traumatic injury and death including important patient factors.
  4. Compare operative and non-operative management of injuries.
  5. Review case studies on acute rehab strategies for upper extremity injuries.
  6. Apply acute treatments for various upper and lower extremity injuries in lab session.
  7. Review various combinations of injuries and implications for treatment and co-treatment.
  8. Explain complications and how to prevent and to anticipate how to intervene.
  9. Determine therapy role in discharge planning and considerations for discharge destination/follow-up services.
  10. Describe the role of standardized and non-standardized assessments for planning of interventions and communication to other providers.
  11. Identify available resources and appropriate assessment in acute care.
  12. Review case studies determining when to co-treat patients with other professions.


  • Trauma care centers
  • Triaging algorithms
  • Who gets hurt? How and why?
    • Importance of what demographic information can tell us and how it can affect therapy
  • How do client factors influence our decisions?
  • What does it tell us?
  • High vs. low impact injuries
  • By trauma surgeon
  • By consultants
  • By therapists
  • Case Studies
  • Sepsis
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pain
    • Acute pain vs. acute on chronic pain
    • Multi-modal approaches



  • Operative and non-operative treatments
  • Indications for various treatments
  • Wrist/hand
  • Elbow, splinting considerations
  • Shoulder – diagnosis, provocative tests
  • Elbow trauma
  • Burns
  • TBI
  • Facial fractures, Le Fort taxonomy
  • TBIs
  • Is it a brain injury?
  • ETOH withdrawal
  • Delirium
  • Underlying dementia
  • Rib fractures
  • Spinal fractures
  • Pelvic fractures
  • Schatzker taxonomy
  • Weber taxonomy
  • Transfers and ambulation
  • Weight bearing
  • Amputations
  • Splinting/orthotics/special cases
  • Positioning, splinting
  • Improve range of motion
  • Precautions
  • Fractures
  • Soft tissue and vascular injuries
  • Where do I start?
  • Standardized assessment in the acute setting
    • Balance/mobility
    • ADL
    • Functional cognition
  • When do I co-treat?
  • Caregiver training on c-collars, CTOs, TLOs and more
  • Better billing and documentation under the new CMS guidelines
  • Discharge planning and return to work recommendations
  • How to dramatically reduce readmission
  • Case Studies

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapists Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants



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