Acute Care Rehabilitation

Seminar Description:

20 Contact Hours

This seminar provides a current update on the latest information on rehabilitation in the acute care setting. As in all practice settings, acute care rehabilitation is continuously evolving. From the various entry points into the acute care setting to discharge, rehabilitation plays an integral role. Therapists are being relied upon more and more to make significant contributions to the medical team, and frequently are the determining factor in hospital length of stay. This seminar is designed to give clinical information for therapists working in, or returning to working in the acute care setting. In addition, the seminar will offer practical tips and higher level problem solving skills that will benefit therapists working in this setting. The seminar will utilize lecture and case study to discuss the role of physical therapy in the acute care setting. Current literature review will be presented to lend strength to decision making in this challenging environment.

Course Objectives

  1. Using 2 tools learned in this course, demonstrate an appropriate and comprehensive evaluation of older persons hospitalized with two of the following acute conditions (medical, neurologic, orthopedic or cardiopulmonary).
  2. Describe 3 key physiologic elements of bed rest deconditioning.
  3. List the current best evidence learned in this course for mitigating this deconditioning in the older adult.
  4. Demonstrate one appropriate rehabilitation treatment strategies learned in this course for each of the following conditions (medical, neurological, orthopedic and cardiopulmonary conditions)
  5. Describe 3 clinical assessment tools learned in this course used to determine readiness for therapy (e.g. cardiopulmonary and vital sign screening, interpretation of ECG, interpretation of diagnostic imaging and laboratory data).
  6. Define serial examination of 3 key assessment elements used by the interdisciplinary care team in the acute care setting.
  7. Demonstrate documentation that meets the needs of all consumers of information in the acute care setting, including functional limitation reporting using tests learned in this course.
  8. Identify 3 absolute and 3 relative contraindications for rehabilitation interventions in the acute care setting.
  9. Define the new and evolving role of rehabilitation in the acute care environment as learned in this course.
  10. Create a comprehensive discharge plan that incorporates disablement model theory, patient goals, current interpretation of medical stability and evidence-based medicine for the older patient in the acute care environment.

Your Instructor

Mark Nelson, MPT

Mark Nelson graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. He completed physical therapy school in 1993 with a clinical Masters degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He has been a practicing therapist for twelve years, one year in general outpatient practice, two in subacute/rehab care and the last eight in acute care, serving a predominantly geriatric population.

In 1999, he co-authored the Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Protocol for the open heart surgery program at Northwest Hospital. He has practiced throughout the medical services but has a special interest in cardiopulmonary and neurological diagnoses. He has also developed a computer based documentation system for the physical therapy department.

Mark has been a clinical instructor for the last nine years, and has been a guest lecturer for the University of Washington’s physical therapy program. Mark serves on the Patient Safety Oversight, Employee Body Mechanics/Safety and Clinical Documentation Committees at Northwest Hospital. The majority of his current practice occurs in the Intensive Care and Telemetry Units. Mark routinely provides new employee instruction on body mechanics and back safety, as well as educating staff on new patient handling equipment. Mark also served on the JCAHO Preparation Committee in 2002-2003.

Mark Nelson is dedicated to improving the quality and skill level of acute care therapy. His commitment to this field of specialization is evident by his years of service and passion for combining the poignant areas of specialized literature to this exciting area of rehabilitation.

For Mail/Email/Fax registrations, click here or call us at 877-794-7328.

Note: We cannot take online registrations beginning on the Monday of the week of the seminar. Instead, please call our office at (877) 794-7328 to register so we can ensure there will be a handout at the course for you.


Cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the seminar date for tuition refund less a $75 administration fee. NO refunds will be made after this date.

Registration Cost

Early Bird = $50 discount

Regular = $545

Late Fee = add $25

Tacoma, WA – December 7-8, 2019

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