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Ventilatory Strategies for Cardiopulmonary Conditions

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Apr 20, 2022 12:43:08 PM

Individuals with cardiopulmonary conditions often present with dyspnea, severe weakness, poor endurance, limited mobility, and decreased activity tolerance. As their disease state progresses, their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) declines, ultimately leading to a loss of independence. A therapy plan of care that includes breathing exercises, energy conservation techniques (e.g., paced activity, assistive device, task planning), and ventilatory strategies may improve the individual’s breathing and functional performance as well as help maintain independence.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

Comprehensive Approach to Wound Healing

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jan 21, 2022 1:27:31 PM

Wounds are typically managed with standard nursing care including maintaining a clean wound bed and appropriate dressings and medications. Therapeutic interventions including biophysical agents can be used to directly facilitate and accelerate wound healing. Factors such as pressure, pain, and contracture may delay wound progression or cause wounds to reoccur. Addressing these adjunctive factors related to the wound provides the best overall approach to wound management and limits the risk of reoccurrence.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Wound Management

Ventilatory Strategies for Cardiopulmonary Conditions

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Dec 15, 2021 12:27:03 PM

Individuals with cardiopulmonary conditions often present with dyspnea, severe weakness, poor endurance, limited mobility, and decreased activity tolerance. As their disease state progresses, their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) declines, ultimately leading to a loss of independence. A therapy plan of care that includes breathing exercises, energy conservation techniques (e.g., paced activity, assistive device, task planning), and ventilatory strategies may improve the individual’s breathing and functional performance as well as help maintain independence.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

Dementia Care Using Advanced Rehabilitation Technology

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Nov 29, 2021 3:21:40 PM

According to the CDC, dementia affects one’s ability to remember, think, and make decisions that impact daily activities and safety. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia accounting for 60-80% of cases. As dementia progresses to increased levels of memory loss and confusion, the individual becomes more sedentary and frail. Rehabilitation in this population should be tailored to patient needs addressing cognition, strength, gait, balance, endurance, and function.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Interventions for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Oct 27, 2021 8:56:18 AM

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder often requiring therapy to address motor symptoms such as bradykinesia, rigidity, tremors, shuffling and freezing gait, poor postural control, and impaired balance. Exercise plays a key role in rehabilitation for this population with additional benefits being achieved by incorporating biophysical agents and advanced technologies. Research demonstrates that exercise improves motor skill performance, which may be enhanced with cognitive engagement through feedback, cueing, dual-tasking training, and motivation (Petzinger, et al., 2013).

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Virtual Reality in Fall Prevention

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Sep 30, 2021 9:06:22 AM

According to the CDC, more than one in four older adults fall each year. Falls may lead to fear of falling, decreased mobility, dependence, increased risk of future falls, and even death. The goal of a fall prevention and balance program is to decrease future falls and improve functional mobility, safety, and quality of life. Rehabilitation for those at risk of falling may include training for static and dynamic balance, gait, dual-task (DT) activity, and cognition which may be accomplished with virtual reality.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Clinical Tip

Rehabilitation in Individuals with Long COVID

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jul 27, 2021 4:55:11 PM

According to the CDC, in the U.S. there have been more than 33.9 million cases since January 2020. As many as 1 in 10 of those who develop COVID-19 exhibit new and prolonged symptoms lasting 12 weeks or longer. This is known as long COVID and occurs regardless of the severity of the acute illness. These individuals may have multisystem involvement with the most common symptoms after 6 months being fatigue, post-exertional symptom exacerbation (PESE), and problems with memory and concentration (brain fog). Therapists should screen for PESE, a worsening of symptoms typically 12 to 48 hours following even minimal cognitive, physical, emotional, or social activity that may last for days or weeks. (World Physiotherapy, 2021)

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

Interdisciplinary Fall Prevention for Geriatrics

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jun 25, 2021 12:03:41 PM

In a recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Moreland & Lee (2021) analyzed 2018 U.S. data which revealed individuals 65 and older had 2.4 million emergency department visits and more than 700,000 hospitalizations due to unintentional injuries. Greater than 90% of these injuries were related to falls. This shows the importance of an effective interdisciplinary fall prevention and balance program for the geriatric population.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Clinical Tip

Rehabilitation of Individuals Post-Stroke

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on May 26, 2021 1:25:33 PM

According to the CDC, each year in the United States more than 795,000 people suffer a stroke and it is the leading cause of serious long-term disability. Individuals who suffer a stroke may have muscle weakness throughout the body including muscles of respiration and swallowing. They also may have compromised endurance, poor balance, and increased dependency with mobility and activities of daily living which greatly impact their quality of life.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Improving ADL Performance and Independence in Chronic Conditions

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Apr 28, 2021 5:08:51 PM

According to the CDC, 78% of adults over 55 in the U.S. have one or more chronic conditions. The ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) such as transfers, dressing, and bathing along with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) such as shopping, cooking, and cleaning informs healthcare professionals regarding the individual’s level of independence. With chronic conditions such as COPD, chronic heart failure, stroke, and diabetes, individuals may have dyspnea, weakness, and poor aerobic capacity which in turn may lead to impaired ability to perform ADLs and IADLs.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

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