When to Know if You Need Therapy

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Every year, the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation designates a week in September to educate people about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists all work together to help individuals overcome obstacles and accomplish normal tasks of daily living.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move the way they want and function as well as they want in their daily lives.

*When do you need physical therapy?

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee, ankle or foot problems
  • Sprains and muscle strains
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation after a serious injury
  • Chronic respiratory problems
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Shoulder problems
  • Problems with balance
  • Hip fractures
  • Incontinence

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy uses goal-directed activity in the evaluation and treatment of persons whose ability to function is impaired by normal aging, illness, injury or developmental disability. Treatment goals in occupational therapy include the promotion of functional independence and prevention of disability.

*Who should receive occupational therapy?

  • Individuals who have limitations in their abilities to carry out self-care activities
  • Individuals whose strength and endurance are at risk
  • Individuals whose ability to function in the community has been impaired
  • Individuals whose physical, cognitive, or psychological problems prevent them from achieving tasks that are currently meaningful and important to them
  • Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, other chronic conditions, mental health problems including Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress


Speech Therapy

Speech language pathology, also known as Speech Therapy, is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of defects and disorders of the voice and of spoken and written communication. Speech therapy also evaluates and treats neurological and physical disorders and conditions caused by an injury or illness.

*Who should receive speech therapy?

  • Individuals that have swallowing difficulties
  • Individuals who have trouble with memory or have increased confusion
  • Individuals who cannot follow simple commands or have trouble understanding
  • Individuals who cannot formulate words and sentences correctly
  • Individuals who have slurred speech, are very hoarse, or strain to talk
  • Individuals who are having trouble reading and writing
  • Individuals that have lip, mouth or tongue weakness, lack of coordination or decreased range of motion

 

*Please consult your doctor before beginning any therapy treatment.

 

 

This article was originally posted here.

VaultMR is an electronic health care platform for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and nursing. The company has created a powerful, easy to use, interoperable platform through which health care facilities, administrators and clinicians engage, personalize and delight patient care.

When to Know if You Need Therapy

Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality Ignites Relationship with Healthcare Startup

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Clinicians aim for a common goal; to have their patients receive the best care possible. Part of assuring the consistent delivery of quality patient care is complying with federal regulations and hospital accreditation standards.

According to CMS.gov, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) covers 100 million people through Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. If a hospital is not up to par with the standards CMS sets, they risk losing their Medicare certification as well as accreditation by deemed-status agencies. When this happens, most hospitals go out of business.

It was through a common desire to help hospitals be successful in the regulatory arena that a unique partnership between the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) and VaultMR was formed. CIHQ is a membership-based organization comprised primarily of acute care and critical access hospitals across the United States.

CIHQ became aware of a member organization’s desire to use VaultMR’s new electronic health record (EHR).  VaultMR is a Dallas-based startup that has built a highly intuitive EHR platform targeted for post-short-term acute care facilities.

“We saw a wonderful opportunity to partner with VaultMR in designing an EHR that helps hospitals comply with Medicare Conditions or Participation,” said Richard Curtis, Chief Executive Officer for CIHQ. “EHR companies often focus their energy on building platforms that are compliant for reimbursement – which is obviously important. But attention also needs to be paid to designing an EHR platform that complies with all of the regulations,” Curtis added.

The relationship made sense to VaultMR founder and Chief Operating Officer, Soumen Bhattacharya. “I was pleasantly surprised that they (CIHQ) reached out to us. We are a startup. But we are constantly working on improving the product and this consulting partnership provides more clarity over compliance issues within the industry,” he said.

Bhattacharya also considers how help from CIHQ eased the burden on hospital staff. “Long term benefits include overall customer satisfaction. By working with CIHQ’s consulting arm, we can improve our customers’ quality of documentation and ease some of their stress from overwhelming requirements,” he said.

After working together, both parties recognize the value of continuing the relationship. “We certainly look forward to working with VaultMR in the future. Our work to-date has already given us a better appreciation of the complexities of rehab care,” said Curtis.

 

 

VaultMR is an electronic health care platform for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and soon-to-be for nursing. The company has created a powerful, easy to use, interoperable platform through which health care facilities, administrators and clinicians engage, personalize and delight patient care.

Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality Ignites Relationship with Healthcare Startup

20 Interesting Nursing Facts

The Nursing profession has a very rich history. Numerous personalities, significant events and important statistics fill up the timeline of this great profession.

Here are 20 interesting Nursing facts you may wish to bring along for inspiration.

1. The nurse cap is patterned after a nun’s habit to keep the hair neatly in place. Although this clothing item has long been phased out as it is known to carry pathogens, some countries still use this as part of the female nurses’ outfit.

2. Did you know that Linda Richards was the first nurse to earn a Nursing diploma in the United States? She earned it in 1873 and the proof of her graduation is now displayed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

3. The top occupational health concern of nurses is back injury. A survey done in 2011 shows that 59% of nurses are afraid they might have this.

4. James Derham, a black slave, was “owned” by several doctors working as a nurse. He bought his freedom using his nursing salary and he later became the first African- American physician.

5. The first Nursing school was established in India in 250 BC.

6. Did you know that the only US First Lady who helped in Union hospitals during the Civil War is Mary Todd Lincoln? She was a volunteer nurse back then.

7. Japan’s exam for foreign nurses is so difficult that, according to the latest report, it has been passed only by 96 out of 741 test takers in the past five years.

8. The knights who were ordered by Pope Urban II to fight during the crusades became nurses to the ill and wounded. They decided to take this role for good thus they were called the Knight Hospitallers.

9. The term nosocomial which means “hospital acquired” originated from a Latin term “nosocomium” which refers to men who tended the sick in ancient Rome.

10. The first hospital training ground for nurses was established in the Institute of Protestant Deaconesses in Kaiserwerth, Germany in 1846.

11. The UKCC or the United Kingdom Central Council has established the Nurses Registration Act of 1919 that ensures nurses get the proper and high standard of training.

12. According to the World Health Organization, Nepal is one of the countries with the lowest nurse per capita. It only has 5 nurses per 100,000 people.

13. Lucretia Lester was a well-known nurse and midwife who attended to 1,300 deliveries, with only 2 ending up unsuccessful.

14. May 8 is celebrated as the National Student Nurses Day.

15. Home health care demands the highest number of nurses as lots of patients will soon be retiring and this is where a part of their fortune is planned to be spent.1

16. According to the US Department of Labor, as of 2006, there are 709 nursing programs that offer bachelor’s degree and 850 programs that grant associate degree.

17. The number of nursing profession in the US has increased by 7% between 2006 and 2010 amounting to 5,150,780 nursing professionals. Such growth is faster compared to other careers.

18. In order to give recognition to school nurses, January 27 is now celebrated as the National School Nurse Day.

19. The famous poet and essayist Walt Whitman served as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His poem entitled “The Wound Dresser” got its theme from his nursing experience in the battlefield.1

20. The first nurse in the New World was Friar Juan de Mena. He looked after those who were ill and was unfortunately deceived and killed.

Hope these information helped you and gave you a little bit of entertainment. Do you have other interesting facts to share?

This article was originally posted on Nurse Buff. To view the full and original article, click here.

VaultMR is an electronic health care platform for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and soon-to-be for nursing. The company has created a powerful, easy to use, interoperable platform through which health care facilities, administrators and clinicians engage, personalize and delight patient care.

20 Interesting Nursing Facts

VaultMR Takes Interoperability Pledge

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VaultMR has joined a growing number of HealthIT developers as well as 90 percent of electronic health records used by hospitals nationwide and the top five largest health care systems in the country. This Pledge for Interoperablility was recently introduced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We have taken the pledge to follow certain principles to advance interoperability among health information systems. Read our VaultMR’s full pledge below.

The VaultMR Interoperability Pledge:

We, VaultMR, share the principle that to achieve an open, connected care for our communities, we all have the responsibility to take action. To further these goals, we commit to the following principles to advance interoperability among health information systems enabling free movement of data, which are foundational to the success of delivery system reform.

Consumer Access: To help consumers easily and securely access their electronic health information, direct it to any desired location, learn how their information can be shared and used, and be assured that this information will be effectively and safely used to benefit their health and that of their community.

No Blocking/Transparency: To help providers share individuals’ health information for care with other providers and their patients whenever permitted by law, and not block electronic health information (defined as knowingly and unreasonably interfering with information sharing).

Standards: Implement federally recognized, national interoperability standards, policies, guidance, and practices for electronic health information, and adopt best practices including those related to privacy and security.

To implement these commitments,

We are committed to enabling consumers to access their electronic health information. Although we do not directly interact with the patients and their authorized representatives, we provide education, training, and support to enable providers and healthcare organizations to interact directly with the healthcare consumers in order to provide easy access to their health information through our admin portals.

We are committed to providing the tools within an in-patient EHR to enable providers and healthcare organizations to share individual’s health information without any intent for interference to block such sharing.

VaultMR is an electronic health care platform for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and soon-to-be for nursing. The company has created a powerful, easy to use, interoperable platform through which health care facilities, administrators and clinicians engage, personalize and delight patient care.

VaultMR Takes Interoperability Pledge

Top Physical Therapy Influencers You Should Be Following

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Nowadays, you hear news first from social media instead of an actual newspaper or news station. And if you’re in the medical field, your peers are almost guaranteed to be on at least one social media platform. When you’re a physical therapist, it sometimes becomes easier to be on social media to stay up to date with regulations in your area, best practices, and new updates in the world of physical therapy. So if you’re needing help getting into the groove of the Twittersphere, we’ve listed a few physical therapy influencers to get started. You can follow along with links to their Twitter so you can easily follow and stay up to date:


 

APTA – American Physical Therapy Association
@aptatweets
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The American Physical Therapy Association seeks advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education. #PTTransforms
PTJ: Journal of APTA
@ptjournal
PTJ is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Jerry Durham
@jerry_durhampt
Physical Therapist.. Love Bikes, Beastie Boys, Biz, Baseball. Books, Bourbon. #bizPT#IbringPASSION#dbajd#conversations#BizBaseballBourbon#PatientsArePeople
Jarod Carter
@DrJarodCarter
I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Cash-based PT practice. I also enjoy helping other PTs give 3rd Party Payors the finger. .
Julie Wiebe 
@JulieWiebePT
Sports Medicine Physical Therapist, women’s health evangelist and mom.
Sarah Haag
@SarahHaagPT
Physical Therapist – pelvic issues, pain issues, functional issues – likes to discuss stuff over a good drink. Decided to become a runner. Loves yoga..
These influencers will surely help you get started as you forray into social media. Whether you want to catch up on some industry news or find the latest blog post from one of these influencers, you can find something to get going!

VaultMR is an electronic health care platform for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and soon-to-be for nursing. The company has created a powerful, easy to use, interoperable platform through which health care facilities, administrators and clinicians engage, personalize and delight patient care.

Top Physical Therapy Influencers You Should Be Following

Tips for Keeping Your Physical Therapy Patient Motivated

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Being a physical therapist has its ups and downs. One minute your patient feels invincible, and the next minute they want to give up. No one said this job was easy, but when you remember why you first became a physical therapist, then this becomes a lot more bearable.

Keep some of these things in mind when keeping your patient motivated throughout their treatment:

Do you trust me? 

Develop their trust. You will be in close physical contact with your patient and vice versa.  As your patient’s guide, they trust you to help them on the road to recovery. Encouraging and listening carefully to your patient can help boost their confidence and ultimately help them accomplish their goals.

Woohoo! 

Make it fun. When a patient comes in to the same exercise everyday, they may become bored. Make it an exciting environment! Get away from the usual. If the patient is excited about coming in everyday, that can help keep them pumped!

Treats. 

Offer incentives. This may require some creative thinking. Not all patients respond to the same incentives. Understand what your patients respond best to.  This could provide many opportunities to incorporate different activities into their treatment.

I can do this. 

Make it easy at home. When your patient goes home and you’re not around, the last thing you want to happen is for them to get discouraged. Make sure that your at-home recommendations are easy enough for them to do on their own.

I did it! 

Set attainable goals. Patients can get discouraged when they aren’t seeing rapid improvements. Before trying to accomplish a huge milestone, make sure to commend them on their incremental gains. If your patient knows they’re progressing, then it gives them confidence to keep going. Every small win is closer to achieving the bigger goal.

Keep a smile. 

Always stay positive. Each day is a new day and your patient can only get better. So when you get a little stressed, take a deep breath and remind yourself you’re doing a pretty amazing thing. Your positive attitude will reflect on the patient’s confidence.

 

 

VaultMR is an electronic health care platform for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and soon-to-be for nursing. The company has created a powerful, easy to use, interoperable platform through which health care facilities, administrators and clinicians engage, personalize and delight patient care. 

 

 

 

Tips for Keeping Your Physical Therapy Patient Motivated