Is aware of patient injury/diagnosis and takes all necessary precautions for observing indications and contradictions.
Assists the patient in the preparation for treatment/modality as necessary.
Applies the physical agens, therapeutic exercises or gait-training activites as outlined by the licensed PT, in the patient POC. Progresses patients in an appropriate manner when deemed necessary by the PT.
Conducts the class/group situations (stroke, SCI, BI) as appropriate.
Communicates with support personnel for clarification or elaborations of treatment orders as directed byt the supervising PT.
When necessary, instructs care giver/family members in home exercise and related to the patient's functional and ambulatory status: discusses necessary equipment for the home situation.
Keeps the supervising therapist informed of patient's status, problem areas, progress, etc.
Perceives the existence of problem and notifies supervising therapist for implementation of safe, effective and timely solutions.
Demonstrates appropriate safety measures when implementing treatment programs.
Supervises and guides clinical techs and volunteers in the performance of their duties.
Provides input/suggestions for the physical functioning of the department in the areas of equipment management, space utilization, storage, etc.
Basic knowledge of pressure wound staging, types of wounds and wound care prodcuts.
Carries out wound care treatments based on POC utilizing appropriate would care products and techniques.
Records daily charges within day of treatment
Writes progress notes in accordance with departmental policy.
Writes home programs and instructs patients in the programs as delegated byt the supervising physical therapist.
Provides written and updated treatment/coverage programs for days off.
Performs discharge planning under the direct supervision of the PT (prescriptions, equipment requests, and referrals).
Reports on patient's status at patient care reviews when necessary. (initial and discharge conferences should be attended by the supervisiting PT and with the PTA in attendance.)
Instruct patient and primary care provider inpatient's care provider in patient's functional status, equipment needs and home exercise programs as delegated by the PT.
Successful completion of a course of study for the physical therapy assistant accredited by the APTA or other appropriate accrediting body or equivalent as determined by Iowa Board of PT/OT Examiners.
Current licensure as a Physical Therapy Assistant in the state of Iowa.
One year of experience in the care of patients preferred.