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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Part II: Understanding Diagnostic Testing, Including Lab Assessment and ICU Priorities in Treatment

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Part II: Understanding Diagnostic Testing, Including Lab Assessment and ICU Priorities in Treatment     $89.85

This lecture is part of the following course:
From Vent to Rehab: Treatment of the ICU Patient


Building upon the recent emphasis for early activity in the ICU patient, Dr. Hillegass discusses the assessment of exercise tolerance and the progression of activity. The course discusses common chart information found in the ICU, including diagnostic tests and laboratory findings, and also gives an overview of the hemodynamic monitoring used on initial assessments.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

Contact Hours: 3.00


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify normal and abnormal results for at least 7 cardiac tests, including a 12 lead ECG and exercise testing; 3 pulmonary tests, including bronchiography and pulmonary function testing; and 5 laboratory tests, including complete blood counts and cardiac-specific lab values.
  2. Infer the severity of a patient's condition by reading the results of such common diagnostic and laboratory tests found in a patient's chart. Complete a physical assessment of a patient in the ICU.
  3. Given a patient in the ICU, deduce whether the patient is appropriate for mobility.
  4. Identify three types of mobility aids appropriate for a patient in the ICU.
  5. Given a patient in the ICU, propose a plan of care, including treatment priorities and goals and (when appropriate) exercises to improve breathing, mobility and posture, strength and flexibility.


The professor of this course has NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the materials discussed in this presentation.

Financial: Dr. Hillegass receives compensation as the professor of this course. She is the editor of the popular, entry-level textbook Essentials in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and has written several chapters and articles on cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Dr. Hillegass is also an adjunct professor in the Departments of Physical Therapy at both Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, and a founder of and teacher for, a site that provides continuing education webinars for physical therapists.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Hillegass is an active member of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a previous chair of the legislation and reimbursement committee.

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