Therapeutic Implications of Lab Values

Audience: OTR/L, COTA, PT, PTA, SLP

Course level: Beginner

Date: Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010
Check-in time: 7:30- 8 a.m.
Class time: 8 a.m. - Noon
Location: University of Minnesota Medical Center - Riverside East building, Brennan Center

Contact hours: 3.75



Eva Gold, MPT, graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in biology, after which she interned at Emory University Hospital in Medical Technology earning her M.T. (ASCP). What does this mean? She worked for 10 years in a general hospital lab, a specialty coagulation laboratory, and in blood banking. In1999 she earned her master's in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Eva has been working since 2000 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1997.

Stacy Hennis, MPT, graduated from The Sages Colleges in 1998 with her master's in physical therapy. She developed her interest in laboratory values while working at Washington Hospital Center, a large teaching hospital in Washington, D.C.. She worked at Fairview Ridges Hospital from 2001 until 2007. She has experience in acute care, transitional care, home health and outpatient rehabilitation. Stacy now works in a private practice in Palm Springs, Calif., where she specializes in treating adults with neurological deficits. She has been a member of the APTA since 1996.

Course Description:
Knowledge of lab values is a critical component to treating patients in all settings. Certain medical conditions affect the patient's tolerance for activity and require monitoring to determine appropriate progression of activity to avoid jeopardizing patient safety. In this world of increasing autonomy, it is imperative to understand the medical condition of our patients. In this course you will be given the tools to understand the physiological processes behind the lab values.

Course objectives:
1. Recognize associations between medical diagnoses and lab values.
2. Verbalize an understanding of the effect of certain lab values on patient tolerance for therapy.
3. Recognize critical values resulting in necessary treatment modification and/or discussion with nurses or physicians.

Course agenda:
7:30- 8:00 a.m.             Registration
8:00- 8:10 a.m.             Welcome, introductions
8:10- 9:20 a.m.             Hematology
9:20-9:35 a.m.              Coagulation Measurements
9:35-9:45 a.m.              Break
9:45-10:40 a.m.           Chemistry
10:40-11:00 a.m.         Cardiac
11:00-11:20 a.m.         Liver Function
11:20-11:50 a.m.         Renal Function
11:50 a.m.-Noon         Questions and Answers

This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course has been approved for Category 1 credit from the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for 3.75 contact hours. Course approval number 4089.

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