Procedures and Patient Care for the Physical Therapist Assistant

Jennifer  Memolo, MA PTA

  • $89.95
  • ISBN 10 1630914533
  • ISBN 13 978-1630914530
  • 240 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2019
  • Order# 44530

Procedures and patient care will be one of the first courses a physical therapist assistant (PTA) student will encounter as they begin their educational career.  The foundational material covered in Procedures and Patient Care for the Physical Therapist Assistant includes information about transfers, positioning, vital sign measurement, wheelchair fit and management, assistive devices, and gait. These skills are vital to know as a PTA, regardless of specialization or location of employment.



Inside Procedures and Patient Care for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Jennifer Memolo includes objectives, key terms, common abbreviations, and review questions. Also, in each chapter is information adhering to the current best practice and an understanding of red flags a PTA should know and report to supervising physical therapists or other health care providers.



This text stands out from others because it is catered specifically to PTA students rather than the generalized health care practitioner. It can be used throughout the student’s education as a reference since all other courses build upon and cycle back to this core information. It can also be utilized even after graduation as preparatory material for the board examination or as a refresher for the practicing clinician.



Instructors in educational settings can visit for additional material to be used for teaching in the classroom.



Procedures and Patient Care for the Physical Therapist Assistant provides core information that the PTA will use and build upon throughout their entire career which is what makes it a suitable text for students, faculty, and clinicians.



About the Author




Chapter 1             Preparation for Patient Care


Chapter 2             Body Mechanics


Chapter 3             Positioning and Draping


Chapter 4             Vital Signs


Chapter 5             Infection Control


Chapter 6             Wounds


Chapter 7             Special Equipment and Environments


Chapter 8             Wheelchair Features and Activities


Chapter 9             Bed Mobility and Transfers


Chapter 10           Assistive Devices and Gait


Chapter 11           Activities of Daily Living


Chapter 12           Emergencies


Chapter 13           Americans With Disabilities Act




Appendix: Key Abbreviations



“This book is a great reference for specific patient care considerations, written by a PTA for PTAs. It is well organized and presents concepts with practical examples and scenarios. The topics are covered in detail with plenty of easy-to-read bullet-point boxes and charts. The attention to patient safety and promotion of the PT/PTA team is prominent throughout. This book is a blend of adequately referenced best practices and anecdotal experiences, which is valuable to students as a base knowledge reference.”

           - Jason R. Oliver, PTA, Doody's Book Review Service

Jennifer Memolo, MA, PTA is from Alabama but currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska, where she teaches in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Clarkson College. She received her BA in English at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, and went on to receive her MA in English/Creative Writing at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She received her associate of science in a Physical Therapist Assistant program from Nash Community College in 2008 (Rocky Mount, North Carolina), at which time she moved to Omaha to work in inpatient rehabilitation and acute care. She has also worked in a skilled nursing facility, has served as Rehabilitation Director, and has worked for home health. In addition to teaching in the Physical Therapist Assistant associate of science and bachelor of science programs, she also teaches graduate level writing classes for nursing students at Clarkson College.

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