Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists, 2 Edition

Jaime C. Paz, Michele P. West, "Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists, 2 Edition"
Butterworth-Heinemann | 2002 | ISBN: 0750673001 | 974 pages | File type: PDF | 32,3 mb

This book describes medical care for acutely ill patients and provides the foundation for physical therapy intervention. The purpose is to serve as a reference for a physical therapist practicing on a healthcare team. It examines and explains the standard acute care approach for the medical aspect of patient care and then provides guidelines and tips for physical therapy involvement. This book surpasses its goals and objectives by providing not only valuable information but facilitating critical thinking as well.

Oriented towards the novice clinician and the physical therapy student, this book provides essential information for practitioners in the complex acute care environment. The text contains 12 chapters that address the acute care problems associated with a particular system (for example, the respiratory system). A variety of qualified clinicians and professors serve as chapter authors. Each chapter includes medical management, relevant pathophysiology, the pharmacology of typically prescribed drugs, and physical therapy intervention.

The authors incorporate concise material drawn from credible sources, including citations from current research. The text is very user-friendly. The extensive use of tables and illustrations allows the reader to rapidly access important information. Ten appendixes provide additional information on selected topics such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances.

This book enables the reader to better understand the medical management of an acute care patient and to integrate physical therapy treatment. It is highly recommended and may become an important addition to an acute care physical therapist's library.

Table of Contents:

Contributing Authors
1. Cardiac System
2. Respiratory System
3. Musculoskeletal System
4. Nervous System
5. Oncology
6. Vascular System and Hematology
7. Burns and Wounds
8. Gastrointestinal System
9. Genitourinary System
10. Infectious Diseases
11. Endocrine System
12. Organ Transplantation

I-A. Medical Record Review
I-B. Acute Care Setting
II. Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances
III-A. Medical-Surgical Equipment in the Acute Care Setting
III-B. Mechanical Ventilation
III-C. Circulatory Assist Devices
IV. Pharmacologic Agents
V. Effects of Anesthesia
VI. Pain Management
VII. Amputation
VIII. Postural Drainage
IX. Functional Tests
X. Physical Therapy Considerations for Patients Who Complain of Chest Pain


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