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Digital Seminar

Acute Care & ICU Rehab: Strategies for the Medically Complex Patient

Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS
Approx. 6 Hours
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Apr 26, 2021
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Digital Seminar


Explore the latest interventions for improving functional mobility, strength, independence, and outcomes in acute care rehab. Designed for all practice levels, from the new grad to the veteran acute care professional, this hands-on course will provide you with an updated knowledge base for making appropriate decisions within the ICU and acute care environments, implement assessment and treatment tools, integrate existing treatment plans with progression into the plan of care, and adjust or accommodate treatment interventions across the hospital stay through transition out of the hospital. Discover the latest assessment techniques and learn how to integrate treatments into rehab plans during acute and post-acute phases. Practice the latest interventions, strategies, and best practices in hands-on labs throughout the day. 

Discover new treatments for: 

  • Early mobilization 
  • Management of lines, wires, and tubes
  • Respiratory distress
  • Intubation/Vent dependency


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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. 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 professions standards.


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Dr. Kirsten Davin, OTDR/L, ATP, SMS, is a veteran Occupational Therapist of over 16 years with extensive experience in a variety of inpatient and acute care practice since obtaining her occupational therapy degree in 2001. She is best known for her live, national speaking tours, as she has conducted thousands of workshops and courses on the topics of splinting, seating/positioning, assistive technology, acute care assessment and intervention, and work/life balance.

Kirsten received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2007, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. She was most recently named the 2016 recipient of the VGM HME (Home Medical Equipment) Woman of the Year Award, presented at the fall MedTrade conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kirsten Davin receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kirsten Davin has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Determine the critical elements of analysis and assessment in mobilizing medically fragile patients
  2. Develop an appropriate plan of care for patients who present with a critically ill cardiac, neurological, or respiratory diagnosis
  3. Distinguish the characteristics, similarities of, and differences between, medically fragile and general acute care patients and methods to implement successful therapeutic interventions with each
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the outcome tools available for assessment of the acute or critically ill patient
  5. Evaluate strategies for addressing the behaviorally challenging patient and successful methods for patient engagement
  6. Devise methods to effectively document progression throughout the acute care spectrum


Physiological Changes in Acute Care
  • Effects of immobility on organ systems
    • Respiratory
    • Cardiac
    • Digestive
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Early and aggressive mobilization and intervention
Ensure Safe and Successful Transfers And Mobility For Any Patient
  • Decision-making process
  • Weight-bearing restriction mobilization
  • Specific mobility restrictions
    • Pulmonary embolism
    • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Mobilization management
    • Chest tubes
    • Arterial lines
    • IV management
ICU/IMC Specific Management
  • Fecal management systems
  • Various catheter types
Advanced Treatment Interventions For Improved Outcomes
  • Orthopedic interventions
    • Orthopedically complex patient
    • Cutting-edge interventions
      • Transitioning to same day ortho discharge
      • Shorter length of stay with improved outcomes
    • Transfer considerations
      • Alternative techniques for NWB
      • Transfers for all WB restrictions
    • Burn injury across the lifespan
      • Types and degree of burn injury
      • Burn management and surgical interventions
      • Current trends in therapeutic burn intervention
    • Cardiac diagnoses
      • Cardiac surgery and appropriate therapeutic progression
      • Sternal precautions
      • Implementation of strength training
    • Neurological emergencies and tends in intervention
      • tPA administration and impact on therapeutic intervention
      • Management of the severe stroke
      • Patients with brief neurological deficits
    • Respiratory compromised patient
      • High-flow oxygen management
      • COPD
      • Fresh take on energy conservation techniques
Interventions For Patients With Cognitive/Psychiatric Diagnoses
  • Addressing the behaviorally challenging patient
    • TBI
    • Dementia
    • Aggression
  • Major depression and its impact on therapeutic intervention
Outcome Expectations And Goal Considerations
  • Short-term vs. long-term goal implementation
  • Timing of PT/OTR reassessments
  • Predicting the future
    • Appropriate goal development
Create An Effective And Successful Discharge Plan
  • Importance of an interdisciplinary approach
  • Pros/cons of sub-acute, home health, and other discharge destinations
Caring For The Caregiver
  • Client-centered practice and inclusion of the patient’s support system
  • Manage the challenging family/caregiver
Billing And Documentation
  • Effective and successful documentation during acute and post-acute stay
  • Document progression in patients with limited function
  • Understand G codes, payment, and billing
Achieve Productivity
  • History of productivity requirements and their necessity
  • Current trends in productivity expectations

Target Audience

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



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 3


Sharon M

"Very good seminar, learned a lot"

Tracey T

"Excellent presenter!!!"

Kristine W

"Course covered a good variety of topics for acute and ICU care. Good patient examples and demonstrations."

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