Need a Pick-Me-Up?

How about a freebie? Many companies are starting to offer freebies to healthcare workers of all kinds right now. They know we are struggling and they know we support them in crisis or not. A freebie coffee, dozen donuts, meditation moment, or pair of shoes are just some of the options for all of us!Continue reading “Need a Pick-Me-Up?”

H.O.M.E.B.O.U.N.D.

Home health care PTs are incredibly familiar with the term “homebound.” It determines whether or not we can provide home-based services to a Medicare patient. Directly from CMS… “Home health services are or were required because the individual is or was confined to the home per the criteria below (as defined in sections 1835(a) andContinue reading “H.O.M.E.B.O.U.N.D.”

A Homemade Mask That Might Actually Work?

Ok, so homemade masks are THE THING right now. You will see that even I am wearing one in my “About” picture. My wonderful PTA Melissa made this one. It has a pocket on the inside in which we have placed HEPA filters cut from the vacuum bags this doctor recommends. Some research will showContinue reading “A Homemade Mask That Might Actually Work?”

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”

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…”