Thursday, December 1, 2016

Assessing the Dependent Patient in the Acute Stages


Assessing the MAX A to DEPENDENT patient at the  Acute Stages: 
The step-by-step formula.

* Too often do therapists discontinue OT services for a "DEPENDENT" patient because  
(truth moment) they either have:

 NO IDEA what they can do for them 


conclude "no skilled OT needs." 

However, when we find this is a patient in the acute stages of receiving medical attention, including brain injury, stroke, neurological impairment, complications from overdose, cardiac and other significant acute medical conditions, our role in the interdisciplinary team is more crucial than ever! 

*We have the skills to assess the patient for potential in functional performance and this is THE MOST critical time to do so.  

We decipher and investigate the process of the acute phases to determine if this patient is able to participate in the future, as well as determine the most appropriate discharge setting for them when leaving the acute care or long term acute care hospital.

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