Contact Hours3 Hours
The Role of Physical Therapy in the Hospitalized Pediatric Patient: Zero to Three Years Old
The physical therapy evaluation and treatment of the hospitalized child, who is zero to three years old requires some special considerations. There are psychological, physical, social and emotional issues unique to young children that require consideration to effectively help prevent the known negative side effects of hospitalization. This course will begin by describing the evaluation of zero to three-year old children with attention to common precautions and hospital acquired dysfunctions which physical therapy can help prevent. It will then discuss the goals of physical therapy and important considerations for discharge planning for this population. The following patient populations will be covered: cardiosurgical patients, medically complex patients with respiratory illness, trauma patients, and orthopedic surgery patients in the pediatric intensive care unit through general care and discharge from the hospital. This course will not cover hematology/oncology patients or the evaluation and treatment of premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit as these topics deserve separate courses.
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Perform a general evaluation of the hospitalized 0-3-year-old in the pediatric intensive care unit or general care unit
- Define the goals of physical therapy interventions in hospitalized pediatric patients 0-3 years old
- Identify treatments and interventions to prevent the harmful side effects of immobility in the hospital for patients 0 to 3 years old.
- List common surgical and medical precautions relevant to safely evaluate and treat hospitalized patients 0-3 years old
- Participate effectively in discharge planning for pediatric patients 0-3 years old
- Educate parents, caregivers and nurses in strategies that promote gross motor development and the ability of the infant to interact calmly with their environment.
- Educate parents, caregivers and nurses in positioning of patients 0-3 years old in manners that prevent contracture, asymmetry and the development of plagiocephaly
Approved in my State?
as Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
as Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
as Certified Athletic Trainers
as CSCS / CPT
as Massage Therapy
as Speech Therapy
Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to complete a 10 question post-test with a minimum passing score of 70%.