Navigating the Medically Complex Patient

Presented by J. Kele Murdin, PT, MPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Geriatric Training Certification, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults and
Sarah Townsend-Grant, PT, DPT, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Lecture • Four contact credit hours, 0.4 CEU

Saturday, June 15, 2019 • 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
EvergreenHealth, 12333 NE 130th Lane, Tan Room, Kirkland, WA

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Changes to healthcare are fostering a faster discharge process in all settings and challenging us to continually analyze if we are truly working at the top of our license. As patients are discharged from hospitals earlier, all settings (post-acute, home health, long-term care and outpatient facilities) are seeing more acutely ill patients with many additional comorbidities and challenges. It's vital that we as healthcare providers are versed in how to best navigate the comorbidities of medically complex patients and actively employ evidence-based practice to create clinically significant outcomes. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify common lab values and interpret how they may influence your treatment, be familiar with techniques and skills for working with patients with decreased cognition, recognize common medications and their rehab implications, and review select standardized assessments and the research that supports their use in this population. Attendees will apply these topics through a review of specific case studies.

After this course,participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the impact of changes to our patient populations to our professions.
  • Identify best practice for our role and responsibilities regarding cognition, lab values, and medications.
  • Identify best practice in implementation of several common assessment test.
  • Provide application examples of presented best practices through review of case examples.

PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, PT/PTA Students, and OT/OTA Students

8:30-9 a.m. . . . .  Registration and check in
9 a.m. . . . . .  Course begins
1:30 p.m. . . . . .  Course concludes

J. Kele Murdin is a clinical knowledge broker for the quality department of Infinity Rehab and chair of the PTWA Geriatric Special Interest Group. She received her master's degree in physical therapy from Wichita State University. She is a board-certified specialist in geriatrics, received her certification as an Exercise Expert for Aging Adults from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and earned her Geriatric Certified Specialist certification from Great Seminars. She has
worked in post-acute geriatric settings for many years, with a passion to give the highest-level quality care to every patient.

Sarah Townsend-Grant serves as an advocate and coach for clinicians both through her work as a clinical knowledge broker for Infinity Rehab and as vice president of the PTWA Geriatric Special Interest Group. She is board certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and has practiced in outpatient, assisted living, independent living, and skilled nursing facilities and
served as a director and manager in Washington, Oregon, Indiana, and Connecticut. She has presented at both national and state conferences and her areas of passion and expertise are orthopedics, interprofessional pain management, and facilitating patient engagement.

Early Bird Rate (Registrations received by May 30)
$50 . . . PT, PTA, OT, OTA - APTA or WOTA Member
$40 . . . PT/PTA PTWA Geriatric SIG Member
$40 . . . PT/PTA - APTA Member & Evergreen Hospital Employee

$25 . . . Student, Life or Retired Member -  APTA or WOTA Member
$70 . . . Nonmember

Regular Rate (Registrations received May 31-June 15)
$75 . . . PT, PTA, OT, OTA - APTA or WOTA Member
$65 . . . PT/PTA PTWA Geriatric SIG Member
$65 . . . PT/PTA - APTA Member & Evergreen Hospital Employee
$50 . . . Student, Life or Retired Member -  APTA or WOTA Member
$95 . . . Nonmember

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