Too Many Patients, Not Enough Time: Prioritization to Optimize Outcomes
Section: Academy of Acute Care PT
Session Code: AC-2A-5546
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 144B

Speaker(s):   Melissa L. Bass, PT, DPT
  Haley A. Bento, PT, DPT
  Bryan D. Lohse, PT, DPT
  Christopher S. Noren, OTR/L
  Stacey Turner, PT, DPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Demand for acute care physical therapist services has increased over the years due to the shift towards treatment rather than consultative-focused care, integration of electronic medical records, and automatic order sets. This shift has perpetuated increasingly large caseloads for therapists who simply do not have the time to see every patient. For this reason, prioritization methods need to be a key focus of training and practice across the acute care continuum. However, prioritization is not a one-size-fits-all model. The clinical staff at the University of Utah Health have developed a multifaceted approach to ensure the right patients are being prioritized at the right time, for the right reason. By creating a culture of mobility and promoting data-driven clinical decisions, therapists have been able to improve patient-centered outcomes and emphasize value-based care. This session will review why prioritization is paramount, as told by clinical staff who were instrumental in identifying the need for change. The presenters will highlight data collected during several quality initiative projects that supported shifts in practice and discuss the implications of prioritization on various aspects of care.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe why showing physical therapy's value in acute care is becoming increasingly important.

2. Describe why prioritization is necessary in acute care.

3. Give an overview of 3 different quality improvement projects on different hospital units that have provided data to help support prioritization decisions, including case examples.

4. Identify how prioritizing appropriately can impact clinical practice.

CEU: 0.2

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