Introduction

8 Contact Hours

Description: The purpose of this entry-level/refresher course is to summarize the knowledge and skills a physical and occupational therapist needs to complete a thorough assessment in order to provide proper care for the older adult patient in an acute care setting and/or acute phase of illness.

Course Text (required): Geriatric Physical Therapy, 3rd Ed. edited by Andrew A. Guccione, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA; Rita A. Wong, EdD, PT; Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD - Copyright 2012 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

Audience: PT, OT

Skill Level: Entry Level/Refresher

Contact Hours: 8


The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from "Geriatric Physical Therapy, 3rd Ed." edited by Andrew A. Guccione, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA; Rita A. Wong, EdD, PT; Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD - Copyright 2012 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 


Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives: At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Complete a comprehensive chart review including understanding blood count, lab values, specialize tests, nd operative reports.
  • Understand and complete a comprehensive systems review including:
    • mental status
    • vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, response to exertion)
    • pulmonary function
    • auscultation
    • nutritional status and physical appearance
    • body weight/body composition
    • medical history
  • Define and summarize Coronary Artery Disesase (CAD) and Heart Failure including clinical presentation and therapeutic implications.
  • Define and summarize Pneumonia including clinical presentation and therapeutic implications.
  • Define and summarize Urinary Tract Infection including clinical presentation and therapeutic implications.
  • Define and summarize Sepsis including clinical presentation and therapeutic implications.
  • Define other medical issues including dizziness, dehydration, and metabolic syndrome, their clinical presentation as well as therapeutic implications.
  • Summarize primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention needed to optimize health in the older adult.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Evaluation of the Acute and Medically Complex Patient

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3. Coursework - Evaluation of the Acute and Medically Complex Patient

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4. Course Final and Survey - Evaluation of the Acute and Medically Complex Patient

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Completion

The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion