Precautions

CARDIAC PRECAUTIONS: Consider gait belt placement Manage any wires and tubes attached to patient Measure vital signs (heart rate before, during, after the session) Observe any sternal precautions and/or lifting precautions Rate exertion according to RPE or follow recommended...
Practitioners should consider the total clinical picture when deciding whether to terminate therapy, grade down, or place a hold. Understanding the lab test and potential adverse effects is critical to patient care. Communicate with appropriate staff such as other therapists, nurses,...
A B C D Diplopia: double vision. See treatment guide: 1. Disorientation: (disoriented). Unable to correctly judge person, place, time, and event; incorrect answer to A&Ox3 or A&Ox4 questions. Dysdiadochokinesia: impaired ability to perform rapid alternating movements. Adiadochokinesia is the complete inability...
8 minutes 1 unit 23 minutes 2 units 38 minutes 3 units 53 minutes 4 units 68 minutes 5 units 83 minutes 6 units Check with your facility for specifics. Although called the rule of 8's, your facility may require a minimum amount of treatment time to be billable for 1...
Balance Grades for Occupational & Physical Therapy (Normal, Good, Fair, Poor Scale) Static Balance Normal : Able to maintain steady balance without support against all challenges Good+ : Maintains balance with limited postural sway against maximal challenges, no external support ...
Occupational Therapy DME Weight Limits Warning Follow the manufacturer's specific guidelines for weight limits. The weights listed are intended to give general idea of how much weight each piece of equipment holds. As always, do not attempt to...
Background You may probably be aware that Thera-band comes in different colors. What are the differences between them? This consideration may be important, especially when working with clients who have precautions, restrictions, or limitations in the ability. While you can...
Transferring is the client's movement from one surface to another. The process involves the pre-transfer, transfer, and post-transfer. As the client has some physical or cognitive limitations, they require the physical assistance, cues, or supervision of the OT, caregiver,...
ASIA Scale A - Complete - No motor or sensory B - Sensory Incomplete  - Sensory but no motor function below the specified level C - Motor Incomplete - Motor function is preserved below the specified level with more than half of...

Dysphagia Levels

Foods Level 1 - Pureed (Most impaired) For individuals with moderate to severe swallowing difficulty. Poor jaw or tongue control, and delayed swallow. Pureed allows extra time for the swallow response to trigger. No course textures are allowed. No mastication...