Physical Therapy in Acute Care: A Clinician's Guide

Daniel J. Malone, MPT, CCS ; Kathy Lee Bishop Lindsay, MS, PT, CCS

  • $81.95
  • ISBN 10 1-55642-534-1
  • ISBN 13 978-1-55642-534-9
  • 680 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2006
  • Order# 45341

Safe and effective management is a top priority for every physical therapy student or clinician involved with patients in the acute care setting. Physical Therapy in Acute Care: A Clinician’s Guide is a user-friendly, pocket-sized, evidence-based text that guides and reinforces successful acute care patient management.

Physical Therapy in Acute Care provides clinicians with an understanding of the basic physiological mechanisms underlying normal function of all major organ systems, contrasted with the pathophysiology of the disease and disorders that physical therapists will most often encounter in an acute care environment.

Inside the pages of Physical Therapy in Acute Care, Daniel Malone and Kathy Lee Bishop-Lindsay provide a comprehensive review of acute physical therapy best practice. This text builds upon fundamental knowledge by addressing important components of patient examination, discussing relevant medical tests, and listing diseases and diagnoses alphabetically with brief medical management.

Some Chapter Topics Include:

  • Cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and neurological diseases and disorders
  • The immune system and infectious disease
  • Oncology rehabilitation
  • Wound care
  • Transplantation

Each chapter highlights important physical therapy concerns, examination findings, and rehabilitation interventions. In addition, Physical Therapy in Acute Care includes numerous tables, figures, review questions, and case studies that highlight the physical therapy patient care model as outlined in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.

Exciting features:

  • An in-depth description of laboratory tests and procedures incorporating the physiologic significance of abnormal findings
  • Pharmacologic information for each organ system chapter including side effects of common medical interventions
  • A chapter on deconditioning and bed rest effects in the acute care environment
  • A discharge recommendation decision tree

Whether you are a student of physical therapy, a physical therapist entering the acute care environment, or an experienced acute care physical therapist, Physical Therapy in Acute Care is the only resource for successful patient management you will need by your side.

About the Editors
Contributing Authors

Chapter 1:Acute Care Physical Therapy Examination and Discharge Planning
Daniel J Malone, MPT, CCS; Joseph Adler, MS, PT
Chapter 2:Clinical Laboratory Values and Diagnostic Testing
Daniel J Malone, MPT, CCS; Lora Packel, MS, PT
Chapter 3:Physiologic Monitors and Patient Support Equipment
Daniel J Malone, MPT, CC
Chapter 4:Bed Rest, Deconditioning, and Hospital-Acquired Neuromuscular Disorders
Daniel J Malone, MPT, CCS
Chapter 5:The Immune System and Infectious Diseases and Disorders
Zoher F. Kapasi, PT, PhD
Chapter 6:Cardiovascular Diseases and Disorders
Daniel J Malone, MPT, CCS
Chapter 7:Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders
Kathy Lee Bishop Lindsay, MS, PT, CCS; Daniel J Malone, MPT, CCS
Chapter 8:Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic Diseases and Disorders
Joseph Adler, MS, PT
Chapter 9:Neurologic and Neurosurgical Diseases and Disorders
Colleen Chancler, PT, MHS; Heather Dillon, MSPT, CCS
Chapter 10:Endocrine Diseases and Disorders
Christy F. Ehlers, PT, CWS; Daniel J Malone, MPT, CCS
Chapter 11: Gastrointestinal Diseases and Disorders
David Fichandler, MSPT; Daniel J Malone, MPT, CCS; Ester H. Bae, MPT; Robin Stott-McNulty, MPT
Chapter 12: Genitourinary Diseases and Disorders
David Fichandler, MSPT; Daniel J Malone, MPT, CCS
Chapter 13: Oncological Diseases and Disorders
Lori Packel, MS, PT
Chapter 14: Transplantation
Daniel J Malone, MPT, CCS; Kathy Lee Bishop Lindsay, MS, PT, CCS
Chapter 15: Integumentary Diseases and Disorders/Wound Management
Christy F. Ehlers, PT, CWS
Appendix: Example of Intensive Care Unit or Acute Care Competency Check-Off Sheet

“The chapter on clinical lab values will always be a useful reference... I am a clinician with more than 20 years of experience, and I know I will look at this chapter again and again, depending on which type of patient I may be called on to treat at the level 1 acute-care hospital where I practice... I would recommend this textbook to any acute-care physical therapist, whether an experienced clinician or new grad.”

—Mary Casey, ADVANCE for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants

“Malone and Lindsay have made a major contribution to the profession of physical therapy in the fifteen chapters and 679 pages of this new book. With nine contributors, the editors highlight and emphasize what a PT or PTA should know in working with the acute patient care... On the back cover, the publisher states, ‘Whether you are a student of physical therapy, a physical therapist entering the acute care environment, or an experienced acute care physical therapist, Physical Therapy in Acute Care is the only resource for successful patient management you will need by your side.’ Those words should go far in your overcoming any concern of working in an acute care program. The text is well-supported with black line drawings and extensive references at the end of each chapter. There also are 17 pages of vital abbreviations.”

— Jay Schleichkorn, PhD, PT, Dr. Jay’s E-Book Reports

“My first paid job as a licensed physical therapist... I was assigned to the acute care team…Physical Therapy in Acute Care is the resource I wish I had back then!

Physical Therapy in Acute Care will be the resource to which I will turn to refresh and update my knowledge of acute care practice.

Physical Therapy in Acute Care represents many textbooks combined into one resource. Daniel Malone and Kathy Lee Bishop Lindsay clearly have invested an enormous amount of time, energy, and brain power to make this book possible and their efforts paid off. Bravo!”

From the Foreword by Dianne V. Jewell, PT, PhD, CCS, FAACVPR

"This book is well written with a logical format that is easy to follow. This book does provide relevant information that could be utilized when planning physiotherapy intervention in this patient population. The writing style is easy to read with good use of diagrams and summary tables. This book is suitable for physiotherapists at all levels... it provides good value for money and would be a useful reference within a physiotherapy department."

— Fiona Schreuder, ScienceDirect

Daniel J. Malone MPT, CCS

The physical therapy career of Daniel J. Malone MPT, CCS is highlighted by 15 years of acute care and cardiopulmonary practice and achieving specialist certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. Since graduating from Temple University in 1992, Dan has been employed by the University of Pennsylvania Health System where his career has spanned all services from critical care to long-term care. His current position at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Team Leader where he provides a leadership role for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine for staff education, research, staff and program development, and quality improvement initiatives pertaining to cardiovascular and pulmonary therapy service lines.

Academically, Dan has coordinated the acute care and cardiovascular and pulmonary coursework for regional physical therapy programs including Hahnemann University, Neumann College, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Arcadia University. He continues as an adjunct faculty member, providing lectures and laboratory guidance on the examination and interventions for patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and impairments at Arcadia University.

Dan is active in the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the APTA, serving as program chair for the past five years as well as being an elected member of the nominating committee. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts and the Standard Setting Committee for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary specialization examination.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dan is pursuing a PhD in physiology with an emphasis in acute lung injury in the School of Medicine at Temple University.


Kathy Lee Bishop Lindsay, MS, PT, CCS

Kathy Lee Bishop Lindsay, MS, PT, CCS has been passionate about cardiopulmonary physical therapy for over 25 years. She became a board certified cardiopulmonary specialist in 1993 and renewed her certification in 2003. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1982 with a BS and received her advanced Masters in physical therapy from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1991. Her realm of practice was grounded in acute care starting at a small community hospital in northeast Pennsylvania. She started the pulmonary rehabilitation program and then moved to Boston to attend graduate school as well as to work at Massachusetts General Hospital where she became a Senior Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapist. In 1993, she became the Cardiopulmonary Clinical Team Leader for the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and provided mentoring and staff development. In 1996, her position expanded to include the title of Clinical Director for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Kathy Lee has been manager of the Emory HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program in Atlanta since 2000. This program provides wellness and prevention to the community as well as Emory Healthcare and University employees.

Academically, Kathy Lee has instructed and coordinated cardiopulmonary classes at North Eastern University in Boston; Allegheny University; Beaver College (now Arcadia University), Widener University, and Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania; University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey; and Emory University in Atlanta. She has been a guest speaker on airway clearance as well as diabetes locally and nationally. She has spoken at the Combined Section Meeting as well as presenting poster and platform presentations. She has also been a moderator and a presenter at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conferences and presented a poster at ACSM on the relationship of heart rate and perceived exertion altered by severity of Parkinson’s disease. Her published chapters include “Physical Therapy Interventions: Practice Pattern C” in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, by DeTurk and Cahalin; “Rehabilitation for the Pediatric Patient with Pulmonary Disease” in Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Guidelines for Success, Third Edition, by Hodgkin JE, Celli BR, and Connors GL; and “Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the Intensive Care Unit” in Pulmonary Rehabilitation, by Fishman AP.

Kathy Lee has participated in the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Standard Setting Meeting and has been an ABPTS writer for the specialty exam, chairman of the nominating committee for the Cardiopulmonary Section, and recently served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


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