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Course Details : Pulmonary Disease

Management of Patients with Pulmonary Disease

Management of Patients with Pulmonary Disease

  Contact Hours : 13 + 3 Hours

Course Description

This 2 day course emphasizes key considerations applicable to the physical and occupational therapist in effectively managing patients with pulmonary disease. Disease processes for patients with obstructive and restrictive lung disease will be presented with specific reference to its etiology, pathology, and current medical management. In addition, the course accentuates different levels of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities for patients with these pulmonary conditions. Evaluation strategies, organized clinical decision making and effective treatment techniques will be emphasized. Clinicians are challenged to integrate and synthesize physiological and clinical principles in decision making and development of appropriate plans of care.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary system as it applies to physical/occupational therapy patient management
  • Discuss the medical and physical /occupational therapy management of patients diagnosed with:
  • Acute pulmonary conditions including but not limited to pneumonia, atelectasis, and pneumothorax
    • Acute pulmonary conditions including but not limited to pneumonia, atelectasis, and pneumothorax 
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary conditions including chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema 
    • Restrictive diseases including pulmonary fibrosis, musculoskeletal pathologies, adult respiratory distress syndrome 
    • Lung cancer and lung surgeries
  • Analyze a given arterial blood gas (ABG) in a systematic manner.
  • Understand findings of a chest radiograph and pulmonary function test (PFT) for patients with obstructive and restrictive lung disease
  • Review the effects and uses of various pharmacological interventions for patients with pulmonary dysfunction
  • Select and provide rationale for utilization of various examination techniques for patients with pulmonary disease in an effort to establish a PT/OT diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care
  • Evaluate various objective data including but not limited to analyzing pulse oxymetry, lung auscultation, respiratory rate and pattern, thoracoabdominal movements, dynamic hyperinflation, posture, and RPE scores
  • Identify the goals and outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Develop, design, and describe the rationale and physiologic effects of various treatment techniques in managing patients with pulmonary pathology
  • Collaborate with classmates in analyzing and interpreting patient data in a given pulmonary case study to enhance decision making in clinical practice

Course Agenda


7:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AMPulmonary Anatomy: Thorax, muscles of ventilation, conducting and respiratory airways
8:55 AMBreak
9:00 AMPulmonary Anatomy and Clinical Implications
9:55 AMBreak
10:00 AMPulmonary Physiology: Ventilation, Respiration, Ventilation/perfusion relationships, gas transport, mechanics of breathing
10:55 AMBreak
11:00 AMPulmonary Physiology and Clinical Implications
12:15 PMLUNCH (on your own)
1:00 PMAcute Pulmonary Disorders: Pneumonia, Atelectasis, Pneumothorax
2:55 PMBreak
3:00 PMRestrictive Lung Diseases, Lung Cancers and Pulmonary Pharmacology
4:05 PMAdjourn


8:00 AMChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, Asthma
10:45 AMBreak
11:00 AMPulmonary Assessment and Review of Arterial Blood Gases
12:15 PMLUNCH (on your own)
1:00 PMManagement of patients with Pulmonary Dysfunction: Case Studies, ABG Workshop and Discussion
2:30 PMSummary
3:00 PMAdjourn

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Contact Info

Renietta Dias
PTS Program Director
743 Trago Creek Drive
Ballwin MO 63021

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