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CSM 2018 

February 21-24, 2018 | New Orleans, Louisiana

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CSM 2018 Pre-conference Courses

CSM is still more than six months away, but it's never too soon to start planning for CSM 2018 in New Orleans! With housing now open, now is the time to beginning planning your trip. The Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy will host two terrific CSM pre-conference courses on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Be sure to factor in attending one of the pre-conference courses below when booking your travel and housing! Save these date for these great courses, and we hope to see you in New Orleans in February.


My Patient's Dizzy, Now What? An Acute Care Approach to Vestibular Dysfunction

Presenters: Kerry J. Lammers, Gabrielle S. Steinhorn

The vestibular system is the leading contributor of sensory information to maintain balance during coordinated movement, and vestibular dysfunction (VD) leads to postural instability, dizziness, and potential falls. It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults over the age of 40 have experienced symptoms consistent with vestibular dysfunction, while 80% of fallers (with no known cause) who presented to the emergency department (ED) had symptoms of vestibular impairment. Despite its prevalence, studies have repeatedly shown minimal or absent use of diagnostic clinical assessment in the ED, resulting in overutilization of unnecessary medical testing and hospitalization. Recent evidence found an average duration of 70 months, up to 8 hospital visits, and over $5,000 out-of-pocket costs between onset of symptoms and diagnosis for positional vertigo. With such a large percentage of dizzy patients falling through the cracks of our medical system, it is imperative that the acute care physical therapist be confident in differential diagnosis for VD in the wake of a multitude of other medical, pharmaceutical, and cardiovascular sources for dizziness. However, the range of exposure and confidence in addressing VD varies greatly between clinicians depending on their academic and clinical preparation.

This course will provide an evidence-based approach to examination, evaluation, and management of VD specifically tailored for the acute care hospital environment.

I Found the Vital Sign, Now What? Demystifying the Numbers for Patient Care

Presenters: Jamie Dyson, Kimberley Levenhagen, Traci L. Norris, Kathy Swanick, James Tompkins

Acute care physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are expected to work together as a team to integrate multiple elements from the medical record to make decisions regarding best clinical practice. While noninvasive vital signs, invasive vital signs monitoring, electrocardiographs, and pulmonary function tests are consistently documented in the medical record, PTs often express frustration and difficulty with determining whether a patient is appropriate for skilled intervention. The core competencies for practice in acute care physical therapy outline the necessity for every PT and PTA to demonstrate proficiency with monitoring vital signs and integrating them into their clinical decision making. Expectations are that each therapist will integrate relevant information from the chart review to anticipate medical conditions and vital signs which may affect safe intervention. As early mobilization becomes a reality in all patient populations, PTs and PTAs need to recognize clinical implications and and how to modify the delivery of their intervention accordingly. Through lecture, cases, and quizzes, attendees will recognize the importance of monitoring both invasive and noninvasive vital signs and their implications to promote safe and effective care and improve human movement.


Future CSM Dates

CSM 2019 | January 23-26, 2019 | Washington, DC

CSM 2020 | February 12-15, 2020 | Denver, CO

CSM 2021 | February 24-27, 2021 | Orlando, FL

Past Combined Sections Meetings


CSM 2017

The Combined Sections meeting was held in San Antonio, TX Anaheim, CA on February 15-18, 2017. CSM 2017 brought together more than 14,000 professionals from around the nation. Visit the official website for all the follow up details. 

CSM 2016

CSM 2016 was held in Anaheim on February 17-20, 2016. The meeting proved to be fantastic with lots of valuable educational sessions! 

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