Job Profile:      Acute Care PT (Acute Care Physical Therapist)

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

Job Information

Select Tasks
Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit.Administer manual exercises, massage, or traction to help relieve pain, increase patient strength, or decrease or prevent deformity or crippling.
Instruct patient and family in treatment procedures to be continued at home.Confer with the patient, medical practitioners, or appropriate others to plan, implement, or assess the intervention program.Review physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.
Record prognosis, treatment, response, and progress in patient's chart or enter information into computer.Obtain patients' informed consent to proposed interventions.Discharge patient from physical therapy when goals or projected outcomes have been attained and provide for appropriate follow-up care or referrals.
Test and measure patient's strength, motor development and function, sensory perception, functional capacity, or respiratory or circulatory efficiency and record data.Identify and document goals, anticipated progress, and plans for reevaluation.Provide information to the patient about the proposed intervention, its material risks and expected benefits, and any reasonable alternatives.
Direct, supervise, assess, and communicate with supportive personnel.Administer treatment involving application of physical agents, using equipment, moist packs, ultraviolet or infrared lamps, or ultrasound machines.Teach physical therapy students or those in other health professions.
Evaluate, fit, or adjust prosthetic or orthotic devices or recommend modification to orthotist.Provide educational information about physical therapy or physical therapists, injury prevention, ergonomics, or ways to promote health.Refer clients to community resources or services.
Conduct or support research and apply research findings to practice.Participate in community or community agency activities or help to formulate public policy.Construct, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices.
Direct group rehabilitation activities.Inform patients and refer to appropriate practitioners when diagnosis reveals findings outside physical therapy.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).The ability to see details at a distance.The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions.The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Select Tools
Adjusting tablesAquacisersArm prosthetics
Axial-resistance shoulder wheelsBabinski hammersBalance beams
Balance boardsBelow-the-knee prostheticsBiofeedback units
Biomechanical ankle platform system BAPS systemsBlood pressure cuffsBolsters/wedges
CanesCervical pivotsCompression garments
Computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) balance test systemsContinuous passive motion CPM machinesCrutches
Cryotherapy equipmentDiathermy equipmentDigital cameras
Digital inclinometer range of motion measurement instrumentsDigital video camerasDigital video equipment
Electromyographs EMGElectronic blood pressure unitsElectronic manual muscle testers
Exercise ballsExercise bicyclesFitness machines
Fluidotherapy equipmentForce sensorsFunctional electrical stimulation FES equipment
Gait beltsGoniometersHeart rate monitors
High-voltage Galvanic stimulation machinesHospital roto bedsHoyer lifts
Hydraulic hand dynamometersHydrocollator heating unitsIce packs
Infrared lampsInterferential electrical stimulation machinesInversion physical therapy tables
Iontophoresis equipmentIsokinetic lower body testing/rehabilitation equipmentIsokinetic upper body testing/rehabilitation equipment
Isotonic exercise equipmentKnee bracesLaptop computers
Laser printersLow volt muscle stimulatorsLumbar pivots
MassagersMechanical stethoscopesMoist hot packs
Multiaxial exercise equipmentMuscle strength dynamometersMuscle testing equipment
Neck bracesNeurological hammersNeuromuscular stimulation equipment
Paraffin bathsParallel barsPelvic traction equipment
Percussion hammersPersonal computersPhonopheresis equipment
Portable cardiac monitorsPowder boardsPulley exercise systems
ReachersReboundersResistive exercise bands
Resistive tubingRowing machinesSacro-illiac joint lumbar corsets
Shoulder finger laddersShoulder wheelsSliding boards
Standing tablesStepper exercisersSurface electromyography equipment
Swiss exercise ballsTherapeutic treadmill exercisersThoracic pivots
Tilt tablesTotal lift chairsTraction and mobilization physical therapy tables
Traction beltsTraction equipmentTraining stairs
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipmentUltrasound machinesUltraviolet UV lamps
Upper body ergometersWalkersWalking braces
Wall pulleysWeightsWheelchairs
Whirlpool therapy baths

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