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

Steven Rankin, OT/L
12 Hours 50 Minutes
Oct 30, 2019
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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 recording 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 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.


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Save time and money off other submission methods – purchase & take the CE test online for $39.99. Additional processing fees apply for other submission methods (i.e. mail, fax, etc.). Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is 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 completion.

Certificates of Successful Completion are available for email, download and/or printing from your online account immediately following the successful completion of the post-test/evaluation.

**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.  For Planning Committee disclosures, please statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

Nurses - California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 12.5 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 12.5 self-study contact hours.

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Nurses - Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 12.6 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Occupational Therapists - Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc.  is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider # 3322. This Distance Learning-Independent activity is offered at 1.25  CEUs Intermediate, OT Service Delivery . The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Occupational Therapists - Arizona Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

CE credit is available. This self-study course consists of 12.5​ continuing education clock hours for Arizona OTs and OTAs. The Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (R4-43-203) confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to occupational therapy that are approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Occupational Therapists - 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 12.5 self-study continuing education credits.

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Physical Therapists - California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 12.5 continuing competency hours.

Physical Therapists - 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.

Physical Therapists - Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Physical Therapists - 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 self-study course qualifies for 12.5 CE credit hours.

Physical Therapists - 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 self-study course qualifies for 15.2 contact hours.

Physical Therapists - North Carolina Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation, Provider Number: 216.000270. 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.

Physical Therapists - Pennsylvania Physical Therapists and Assistants

The Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy recognizes approval by all other state boards. This self-study activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists.

Physical Therapists - Utah Physical Therapists And Physical Therapist Assistants

This course is designed to meet the Utah DOPL Rule R156-24b-303b.2.c.iv - A commercial continuing education provider providing a course related to the practice of physical therapy. Please retain a copy of the advertising brochure and your certificate of completion to provide to your board should this be requested of you. This self-study activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 12.5 continuing education clock hours 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.



Steven Rankin, OT/L Related seminars and products

Steven Rankin, OT/L, has more than 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 receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Steve Rankin has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  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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