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- Evaluates and assesses the patient's abilities and limitations.
- Establishes plan of treatment and goals based on the referral and evaluation of functional skills, joint mobility, gait, developmental reflexes, muscle strength, tone, and coordination, sensation tests, and other measures to ensure rapid patient recovery.
- Implements therapy according to the established plan, utilizing appropriate procedures, equipment and techniques within the scope of physical therapy.
- May participate in wound management through wound debridement, dressing changes, exercise, stretching and splinting.
- Recommends adaptive equipment, completes the equipment justification forms and arranges for the delivery of equipment.
- Re-evaluates patients, assesses their progress and makes recommendations regarding discharge.
- Consults and co-treats with other patient care team members to discuss patient progress, set objectives for patient treatment and integrate physical treatment with other activities.
Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:
- Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.
- Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills.
- Current knowledge of safety issues needed in the treatment of patients, especially regarding body substance precautions and body mechanics to protect self, patients and personnel working with therapists.
- Ability to participate in rotations of work area, weekends and week-day hours and assigned holidays.
- Ability to follow ethical guidelines outlined by the American Physical Therapy Association.
- Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the assigned unit.