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

Rachel Ross Blackwood, PT, DPT
5 Hours 43 Minutes
Feb 23, 2018
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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 familiarizing them with the variety of tests to choose from, and to assist them in making sense of test outcomes. You will learn and practice tests that can be used on patients with high levels 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 to aid in discharge planning.


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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.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Rachel Ross Blackwood has an employment relationship with Duke Health Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Rachel Ross Blackwood has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Examine barriers with using standardized tests and how to avoid them
  2. Demonstrate evidence based tests that are applicable in the acute care setting
  3. Compose appropriate documentation with quantifiable, objective measures
  4. Determine how standardized tests can be used in the ICU and with other medically complex patients
  5. Discover how using standardized testing can guide discharge planning and reduce the risk of 30 day readmissions



  • Functional impairments relate to 30 day readmission risk
  • Barriers preventing standardized testing in acute care
    • Time constraints
    • Infection control issues
    • Multiple lines/ICU patients
    • Unsure which test is most appropriate 
  • Benefit of adding standardized tests into electronic chart


  • Floor and ceiling effects
  • Responsiveness
  • Interpreting results
  • Translating results into meaningful assessment


  • 6 clicks- Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care Inpatient Short Form
  • Acute Care Index of Function


  • Importance of standardized gait tests
  • Gait velocity- a new vital sign?
  • Standardized gait tests
    • 2, 3, and 6 minute walk tests
    • 10 meter/50 foot walk test
    • Dynamic Gait Index
    • Four Step Square Test 
  • Gait tests and productivity standards
  • Case study and lab ICON—BOTH SIDE BY SIDE


  • Quantifying fall risk
  • Standardized balance tests, including those taking LESS than 2 minutes to perform
    • BESTest/mini-BESTest
    • 360 Turn Test
    • Function in Sitting Test
    • Fullerton Advance Balance Scale 
  • Which test is best
    • Setting
    • Patient frailty
    • Time constraints
  • Using tests to justify discharge plan
    • Rehab
    • SNF
    • Home health
  • Case study and lab ICON—BOTH SIDE BY SIDE


  • ICU Specific tests
    • ICU mobility scale
    • ICU PFIT
    • PERME ICU mobility
  • Complications
    • Frailty
    • Managing lines/tubes
  • Case study and lab ICON—BOTH SIDE BY SIDE


  • Insight into ability to perform functional tasks
  • Incorporating tests into discharge planning
  • Case study and lab ICON—BOTH SIDE BY SIDE


  • Justifying further therapy
  • Review of specific tests
    • Action Research Arm Test
    • Box and Blocks Test
    • Orpington Prognostic Scale
    • Postural Assessment Scale for Stroke Patients
    • Stroke Rehabilitation Assessment of Movement

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapists Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Rehab Nurses
  • Rehab Directors


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