Identification and Intervention of Dizziness in the Acute Care Setting

Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA
Course Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Date: January 21, 2012
Check in time: 7:30-8 a.m.
Class time: 8-4 p.m.
Location: 2450 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Room: University of Minnesota Medical Center - West Bank
             Brennan Center, East Building, Lobby Level

Course Fee: $300.00

Contact hours: 7.16 hours

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Susan L. Whitney,
PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA, received her PhD in motor development/motor learning from the University of Pittsburgh and her professional physical therapy education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  She is an associate professor in physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Dr. Whitney is supported by an NIH grant to help develop a vestibulospinal test for the Toolbox project.  She has authored and co-authored more than 65 articles on MedlinePlus and has written more than 20 book chapters.  She recently published a book with co-authors Dr(s). Joseph Furman and Stephen Cass about balance and vestibular disorders.  Dr. Whitney treats patients one day per week at a CRS outpatient clinic.  

Course Description
The overall course objective is that the practitioner will be able to identify and manage vestibular disorders in the acute-care environment.  The learner will be exposed to videos and cases that will engage the participant to think about which vestibular disorders they see frequently and how to assess and determine which interventions are appropriate based on the signs and symptoms plus examination findings.  The head thrust test, canalith repositioning maneuvers, Dix-Hallpike maneuver plus dynamic visual acuity and occulomotor and gait screening will be performed during the lab session.  

Following the presentation the participant should be able to:

  • Identify common vestibular disorders in patients in the acute-care setting
  • Select appropriate evaluation techniques to measure impairment and document functional improvements.
  • Perform treatment techniques to treat BPPV
  • Integrate appropriate treatment techniques to improve patient outcomes
  • Apply new knowledge to video-based case studies

7:30-8:00 a.m.        Registration/check-in time
8:00-9:00 a.m.        Causes of dizziness in the acute care setting
9:00-10:00 a.m.      Anatomy of the vestibular system
10:00-10:10 a.m.    BREAK
10:10-12:00 p.m.    Differential diagnosis of vestibular disorders in the acute care setting
12:00-12:30 p.m.    LUNCH
12:30-1:30 p.m.      Bedside examination of the person with dizziness-What do you do?
1:30-3:00 p.m.        Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) examination, findings and techniques with lab
3:00-3:10 p.m.        BREAK
3:10-4:00 p.m.        Acute-care interventions for vestibular disorders (non-BPPV) and case studies

This course has been approved for Category I continuing education credit by the
Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy.  #5038

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