Aerosol Generating Procedures

The long awaited clarification on aerosol generating procedures for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants has finally dropped! The APTA just released its professional guidelines for what portions of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant care equates to an aerosol generating procedures, therefore requiring increased PPE for procedure performance to ensure clinician safety. On AprilContinue reading “Aerosol Generating Procedures”

The Duet Device

Have you seen an Acapella Duet before? This is another one of those things I wish I could hand out to maybe half of my patients. A Duet device is a special kind of Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) that provides resistive oscillatory pressure to exhalation which promotes increased lung volumes due to re-inflation of collapsedContinue reading “The Duet Device”

FEV1

I spent some really great times as an educator in a heart and lung transplant program at a large hospital system. Specifically, I was a therapy educator. I taught PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs, and SLPs what they needed to know to safely provide rehab to patient after heart and lung transplants. I saw so manyContinue reading “FEV1”

Out with the Old, In with the New (Dynamic Hyperinflation)

I can’t even begin to tell you guys how much I love teaching people about lung function in the presence of disease (read: HUGE NERD). Teaching patients how to correct for dynamic hyperinflation is one of those things that I really love teaching. If you remember from a few weeks ago, we talked about howContinue reading “Out with the Old, In with the New (Dynamic Hyperinflation)”

ECMO

It sounds like a fuzzy lovable Sesame Street character, but this big boy ain’t no joke. ECMO or Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation is basically a lung outside the body. Blood passes through it. CO2 is removed and oxygen is introduced. It sounds simple, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. This is really advancedContinue reading “ECMO”

The Second Wave

I know you are hearing this phrase a lot lately. We are hearing all the time that, as things open up around our country and around that world, we may experience a second wave resurgence of new COVID-19 cases. But I’m not referring to a second wave of new COVID-19 patients. There is new researchContinue reading “The Second Wave”

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Part 2: PEs

Thanks for tuning in to part 2 of this two-part feature of VTE. The first segment, which focuses on DVTs, can be found here! So now we are going to focus on the more critical version of a VTE. Yes, DVTs are critical. They are important to assess and treat quickly. But they are lessContinue reading “Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Part 2: PEs”

The Counting Talk Test

Time to give you guys another tool. This one is especially important for patients with COVID-19, and it’s not terribly often that we get an objective measure for exertion. I’ve found the counting talk test to be critical in quantifying exertion in my patients with respiratory diagnoses. This measure is phenomenal for taking breathlessness inContinue reading “The Counting Talk Test”

Orthostasis

“Whoops! Down I go! I thought I was going up, but apparently not!” I have heard this many times. Sometimes I hear it from the people around me just generally throughout the day. They black out or see stars or feel “whoozy” or report being lightheaded when they stand up from the couch or getContinue reading “Orthostasis”

The Beta Blockade

Ugh, medications… I know, I know. I will try to make this as painless as possible. This one matters. It REALLY matters. For patients who have COVID-19 and for patients who don’t. Please take a quick read. Let’s start off by asking some questions. What does a β-blocker do? Blocks norepinephrine and epinephrine from bindingContinue reading “The Beta Blockade”