The Dangers of Providing Necessary Care

We know the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, anesthetists, and all those other incredible people caring for patients in the ICU and ED are risking their lives every moment. But there is another side of this pandemic: the side that stays home. Patients that stay home or are sent home still require care. Many may haveContinue reading “The Dangers of Providing Necessary Care”

Airway Clearance Techniques

Thanks for checking out the first blog post in this series about respiratory interventions for Rehab Clinicians! Airway Clearance Techniques (ACTs) are best practice for patients who are in acute exacerbation, sub-acute exacerbation, or are stable with obstructive lung conditions.Long-term management of obstructive lung disorders including cystic fibrosis, COPD, bronchiectasis, and chronic bronchitis, and thoseContinue reading “Airway Clearance Techniques”

We’ve never had a better reason…

…to brush up on our respiratory intervention skills. These are my bread and butter. In the six years that I practiced in home healthcare, I learned to love these skills I never thought I’d need. And the more I grew to love them, the more I loved using them. But that means seeing the patientsContinue reading “We’ve never had a better reason…”

The Best We Can Do (So Far)…

We finally have enough research and enough answers and enough patients and enough confirmed cases that have received care. We can start making some recommendations and have at least a minimal amount of evidence for some guidelines on treatment. The World Confederation of Physical Therapy has published acute care guidelines for care of patients withContinue reading “The Best We Can Do (So Far)…”

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It…

Depending on your setting and expertise, you may or may not be asked to take on a special role during this time. There are some resources to assist you from the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. But don’t feel like you have to do everything. We have such a varied skill set as a professionContinue reading “Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It…”