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COVID-19 Core Outcome Measures
The rehabilitation of patients with and recovering from COVID-19 is evolving and will be an integral part of therapy for the foreseeable future. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) developed a task force representing all academies and sections to identify core outcome measures to be used with all patients diagnosed with COVID-19 throughout care, across all settings. These outcome measures are to be used with patients having goals associated with five constructs; function, strength, endurance, cognition, and quality of life. (APTA, 2020)
Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise and Patterned Electrical Stimulation (PENS)
Diaphragmatic breathing helps individuals use their diaphragm correctly while breathing and enhances oxygen exchange (Cleveland Clinic, 2020). With age, stress, poor posture, and illness breathing changes and becomes shallow with increased reliance on accessory muscles. Implementing diaphragmatic breathing may help improve oxygen delivery throughout the body, use less effort and energy to breathe, and decrease overall oxygen demand.
Rehabilitation for Severe Deconditioning Using Advanced Technology and Electrical Stimulation
Individuals who present with a compromised pulmonary system, are acutely ill, or hospitalized for extended periods may become deconditioned or develop hospital-acquired muscle weakness, among other deleterious effects. Even healthy individuals may become deconditioned and frail if they decrease their activity level due to social distancing and limiting time outside their room or home.
Improving Activation of Accessory Respiratory Muscles with NMES
Primary respiratory muscles during normal quiet breathing include the diaphragm and external intercostals. Accessory muscles of respiration assist the primary muscles when the chest is not expanding or contracting effectively to meet ventilation demands. Increased age, stress, poor posture, COPD, pneumonia, and illness are conditions that negatively impact proper oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange in the lungs.
Infection Control Procedures
Infection control and patient safety are top priorities in healthcare. This document reviews low-level and intermediate-level infection control procedures for use with ACP technology to ensure the safety of healthcare providers and patients.
We are pleased to release the schedule for our Live Remote Clinical Webinar Series. This videoconferencing series includes demonstrations of ACP rehab technologies, integration of these technologies within Program Pathways, and live remote clinical education courses on prevalent patient conditions and related treatments.
Please visit our Live Clinical Education Webinar Series page to view the calendar and register for upcoming events.
By popular demand, select webinars that were offered live and recorderd are now available for viewing on our Clinical Webinar Series Channel.
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