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Improving Swallow Ability

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Aug 9, 2022 12:00:00 PM

This 53-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) was admitted to a transitional care unit following hospitalization for aspiration pneumonia with sepsis (life-threatening body response to infection). She had severe weakness and oropharyngeal dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). As a result, she was referred for rehabilitation services including speech therapy to improve her swallow function. This woman has a history of dysphagia with swallowing treatments due to her MS diagnosis, but prior to hospitalization she consumed a regular diet with thin liquids.

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Topics: Dysphagia, Patient Success Story

Virtual Reality in Dementia Care

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jul 26, 2022 10:45:00 AM

A skilled nursing facility rehab department incorporated the OmniVR® for residents in their memory care unit as a way to make activities interactive and fun. Therapists note it is typically difficult to engage these and similar residents in activities, sustain their attention, and keep them actively involved.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Neuro Rehab

Improving Self-Care and Functional Mobility

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jun 22, 2022 4:45:06 PM

This 66-year-old gentleman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility following a two-month hospitalization due to COVID-19 with pneumonia. He was weak and required 6 liters per minute of supplemental oxygen. Prior to hospitalization, he lived at home and was independent with all self-care and mobility.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Cardiopulmonary

Improving Speech and Ability to Eat Using Breathing Therapy Biofeedback

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on May 12, 2022 8:00:00 AM

This 80-year-old woman experienced severe debility following hospitalization for COVID-19 with pneumonia. She was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services including speech therapy to address poor voice quality, and difficulty breathing while eating. She also required 3 liters per minute of supplemental oxygen. Prior to hospitalization, she had no limitations in speaking and eating.

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Topics: Dysphagia, Patient Success Story, Speech Rehab

Improving Wound Healing and Mobility Using Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound, and Exercise

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Apr 28, 2022 4:02:15 PM

This 82-year-old woman was unable to get up after falling at home. As a result of laying on her left side for more than 24 hours after the fall, she experienced tissue injury on her right hip that progressed over time to a non-healing unstageable (depth not visible) pressure wound. She was referred to outpatient physical therapy for wound healing and fall prevention. Prior to her fall, this woman lived alone and walked with a walker.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Wound Management

Improving Pain and Functional Mobility Using E-stim and Exercise Following a Stroke

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Mar 30, 2022 8:20:19 PM

This 78-year-old woman (a left below knee amputee for 30-years) suffered a stroke and received four weeks of inpatient rehabilitation. Due to severe hip pain and inability to perform self-care, she was then referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services. Prior to her stroke, this woman lived alone and was independent with self-care and mobility while wearing her prosthesis.

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Topics: Pain Management, Patient Success Story, OmniVersa

SLP Clinical Connection - Celebrate Success

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Mar 8, 2022 7:48:49 AM

Improving Speech and Swallowing Using sEMG and Breathing Therapy Biofeedback

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Topics: Dysphagia, Patient Success Story, Speech Rehab

Improving Functional Mobility and Cardiovascular Endurance with Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Feb 25, 2022 12:51:26 PM

Patient Information: Male, Age 73

Diagnosis: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) exacerbation.

History: This gentleman was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services to address significant weakness and functional decline after an exacerbation of COPD.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Cardiopulmonary

Wound Healing Using Diathermy and Exercise

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jan 24, 2022 2:47:49 PM

Patient Information: Female, Age 64

Diagnosis: Cellulitis / Venous Insufficiency Ulcer / DJD Bilateral Knees

History:
This woman was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services following hospitalization due to cellulitis of her left lower leg. Thirty years ago, she fell and injured her left ankle and developed a venous insufficiency ulcer, which has never fully healed and recently has gotten worse due to the cellulitis. Prior to her hospitalization, she required maximal (> 75%) assistance from her husband for activities of daily living (dressing and bathing) and transfers due to a prior stroke and bilateral knee degenerative joint disease causing knee pain, weakness, and limited range of motion.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Wound Management

Improving Swallow Ability with sEMG and Exercise

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Dec 17, 2021 1:57:54 PM

Patient Information: Female, Age 75

Diagnosis: Supraglottic Cancer / Oropharyngeal Dysphagia / Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

History: This woman was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services due to progressively worsening swallow function following completion of radiation therapy for supraglottic (throat) cancer. During hospitalization, a video fluoroscopic swallow study (VFSS) was conducted due to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) indicating aspiration (material entering the lungs), and a feeding tube was placed for all nutritional needs. Prior to the onset of throat cancer, she ate a regular diet.

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Topics: Dysphagia, Patient Success Story

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