PADUCAH – The West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) is hosting a course this Saturday for physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapy assistants (PTAs) on how to protect their physical therapy patients in a variety of clinical settings.
Physiotherapists and techs are encouraged to register for the course titled ‘Protecting Our Patients in Physiotherapy’ which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on February 19 at the college’s Clemens Fine Arts Center Theatre. This course has brand new content with information on protecting patients through a review of appropriate professional behavior, risk management, patient monitoring, screening procedures, and information on interventions and diagnosis at high risk.
Throughout the course, participants will be able to
• Analyze the most frequently reported malpractice and negligence allegations against PTs/PTAs;
• Identify processes that physiotherapists and assistants can implement in their practice to reduce their potential liability and increase patient safety;
• Analyze the most frequently reported issues to the Kentucky Board of Licensure affecting patient safety and protection;
• Understand the purpose of the Practitioners with Disabilities Committee;
• Identify appropriate clinical screening tools used in physiotherapy practice to identify risk in multiple patient populations;
• Identify the signs of possible child abuse/neglect and know the reporting procedures;
• Understand the specific risks for patients with neurological disorders and the role of PT/PTA in protection;
• Understand the science, indications, training required, and risks associated with blood flow restriction as a physiotherapy intervention; and
• Understand key patient protection issues for multiple patient populations and diagnosis from student poster presentations.
Scheduled presenters are Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM; Stephen Curley, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy; Tony Bohannon, PT, Baptist Rehab; Janie Criner, executive director of the Child Watch Counseling and Advocacy Center; Miranda Scott, PT, Baptist Health Paducah; and Matt Scott, PT, DPT, OCS, Orthopedic Institute.
This course, which is sponsored by the WKCTC Physical Therapist Assistant Program, has been approved for six Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the American Physical Therapist Association-Kentucky (APTA).