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The Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy is building a library of resources specifically tailored to acute care practice. These documents will provide information, references, and detail about commonly encountered practice and management issues in acute care.

AACPT-Created Resources

APTA-Created Resources

AACPT Informational Webinars

Future resources:

  • Acute Care Residency & Fellowship Resources
  • Inappropriate Referrals in Acute Care Information

AACPT-Created Resources

Competency 2.0: Laboratory Values Interpretation Resource - Medically Complex

Release: June 2019

The members of the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy Practice Committee developed an advanced laboratory competency to meet the needs of members treating patients with complex medical conditions. This competency is intended to be a follow up to the Laboratory Values Interpretation Resource (revised in 2017) and the supportive competency (published online in 2018). Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are encouraged to utilize the Laboratory Values Interpretation Resource when answering the questions. The user will be provided supportive rationale for each question to facilitate learning.

Competency: Laboratory Values Interpretation Resource

Release: January 2018

The Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy’s Practice Committee Task Force on Lab Values created a competency to allow the clinician to utilize the 2017 Lab Value Resource Point of Care Document and Resource Guide to clinically reason scenarios that physical therapists may encounter on a hospital floor. The competency is meant to demonstrate how the document can be applied during routine care to assist in clinical decision making, improve collaboration with the healthcare team, and provide excellent patient care.  
  
The competency allows for acute care facilities to select questions which apply to the patient population and time constraints of their setting. Each question is supported by the references used in the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy Laboratory Values Resource Guide. An appendix with answer key and rationale for all questions can be found at the end of the document.

Laboratory Values Interpretation Resources - 2017 Update

Release: January 2017

The Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy’s Practice Committee Task Force on Lab Values reviewed and updated the Laboratory Values Interpretation Resource to better align with emerging evidence, current practice, and practitioners’ clinical decision-making needs.

This recent edition contains updates to content from the previous version. Each laboratory test captured in this revised 2017 version has the following: a brief explanation of the test or laboratory panel, reference values, clinical presentation, clinical implications and a new point of care document with key laboratory values.

Physical therapists have the professional responsibility to provide excellent care, adhere to high standards, and collaborate with other healthcare providers to achieve optimal health outcomes for their patients. Acute care physical therapists work in an environment that is quickly evolving and therefore should be knowledgeable regarding critical laboratory values to develop safe mobility recommendations. As critical values might evolve quickly in the acute care setting, physical therapists should be vigilant in reevaluating safe and effective patient management. Although the recommendations made in the Laboratory Values Interpretation Resource are evidence-based, the final judgment regarding the appropriateness of particular physical therapy interventions should be made by the clinician considering the policies of their institution.

Core Competencies for Entry-Level Practice in Acute Care Physical Therapy

Release: December 2015

Acute care practice encompasses the knowledge and skills suitable to thoroughly examine and appropriately intervene with patients in medically compromised situations encountered in any acute care hospital environment across the lifespan, from children to adults. In the acute care environment, there is a need for all healthcare members to provide safe, efficient and effective care for their patients. Physical therapists (PTs) are essential members of the healthcare team, providing therapy in acute care settings and responsible for making high-level clinical decisions, in a rapid and dynamic environment, for the care of their patients.

To prepare future PTs for these environments, academic and clinical educators are tasked with teaching students as part of entry-level clinical practice on how to efficiently make complex decisions for any patient in the acute care environment with any diagnosis. While this task has previously been guided by core documents and literature, no single guiding document has existed. The Minimum Skills Task Force was convened in response to this need from acute care clinicians, educators, and – most importantly – patients receiving physical therapist services in the acute care environment. The focus of this task force was to create a guiding document to clarify to all stakeholders the unique and overlapping skills required for an entry-level clinician to be independent, safe and effective on day one of practice. The outcome of this task force is the “The Core Competencies for Entry-level Practice in Acute Care Physical Therapy,” which identifies the necessary knowledge, actions and behaviors that are required of a clinician in the acute care environment. 

Core Competencies for Entry-Level Physical Therapy Assistants in the Acute Care Setting

Release: May 2017

Acute care physical therapist assistants (PTAs) must possess the knowledge and skills suitable to thoroughly and appropriately provide physical therapy interventions according to a physical therapy plan of care (POC) under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist (PT) for patients in medically compromised situations across the lifespan in any acute care hospital environment. There is a need for all members of the interprofessional team to provide safe, efficient, and effective treatment for patients in acute care. PTAs are essential members of the interprofessional team, providing physical therapy interventions in acute care settings through implementation of a physical therapy POC. To prepare future PTAs for these environments, academic and clinical educators are tasked with teaching students how to adequately treat a patient with any diagnosis admitted to the acute care environment as part of entry-level clinical practice. The focus of the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy (AACPT) PTA Task Force was to clarify the necessary skills required for an entry-level PTA to be safe and effective on day one of employment. The outcome of this task force is the following document: “Core Competencies for the Entry-Level Physical Therapist Assistant in the Acute Care Setting.”


APTA-Created Resources

Physical Therapist Practice in the Emergency Department Toolkit

Source: APTA


AACPT Informational Webinars

Disseminating Initiative Reports from Planning to Publication, Part I

Release: February 2019

Dr. Fluet provides advice and examples on preparing a quality improvement project for submission as a manuscript. Dr. Smith explains the peer review process for manuscripts. She is speaking about the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy specifically, but the overall process is similar across peer-reviewed journals.

Peer Reviews Process for Publication in JACPT, Part II

Release: February 2019

This webinar is the second part of a two-part series, the first part of the webinar, "Disseminating Initiative Reports from Planning to Publication, Part I."

Submitting an Abstract to CSM: Overall Process, Advice, and Resources

Release: January 2018

This webinar is intended to provide an overview the process for CSM abstracts submission to encourage Academy members to submit for the meeting.

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