Category: acute care OT

Pulmonary disorders and OT in acute care

occupational therapy and pulmonary conditions

Clients with pulmonary conditions present occupational therapists with unique challenges. Learn some of the evidence that can help guide intervention in acute care.

Sleep in acute care

sleep and occupational therapy

Occupational therapy intervention and sleep in acute care  Sleep is considered an occupation according to the OT Practice Framework (3rd Ed.)(AOTA, 2014).  In a previous blog, I discussed sleep in general and how/why OTs should be addressing sleep – check it out here. In this particular blog, I discuss sleep as it relates to clients in

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Renal failure, dialysis, and OT in acute care

OT, dialysis, acute care

Kidney and dialysis FAQs: What the OT needs to remember… Kidneys produce urine and eliminate waste from the body. “Waste” is created by metabolic processes in the body. A decrease in the body’s ability to get rid of waste negatively impacts other bodily functions. However a person can live with as much as 75% loss

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Monitoring your clients in acute care

OT and acute care

Another post in my series for OTs working in acute care… Cheat sheet for OTs: Monitoring medical status There are many tools available to an OT who works in a medical setting. These tools can help make clinical decisions about intervention.  Here are the most accessible ones… HEART RATE How fast is the heart beating?

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OT and delirium management

OT helping a patient in the hospital

The evidence is pretty clear that the involvement of an integrated team that includes OT helps patients in the ICU get better faster! Impact of ICU on the patient Patients who are in the ICU experience many negative outcomes: delirium, polyneurophathy, myopathy, and sleep pattern disturbances. 1,2,3 In addition, extended bedrest (even without an ICU

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