Applied Health Physical Therapy 880

AHPT 880:  Cardiopulmonary Patient Care Management
Prerequisite: AHPT 862 or permission of the Department
Credit Hours: (4)

Cardiopulmonary Patient Care Management prepares students to provide comprehensive interventions to individuals suffering from cardiopulmonary etiologies. The course provides students with non-invasive strategies to maximize patient outcomes.

Detailed Description of Course

Cardiopulmonary Patient Care Management prepares students to provide comprehensive   interventions to individuals suffering from cardiopulmonary etiologies. The course provides students with non-invasive strategies to maximize patient outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on the primary and secondary diagnoses of cardiopulmonary dysfunction which limit an individual's optimal level of function.    

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Course content may be delivered by lecture, laboratory learning experiences, demonstration, small-group cooperative learning, case study analysis/ presentations, supervised student/ patient interactions, and student debates.

Goals and Objectives of this Course

Will require students to:

1) Demonstrate  appropriate action in an emergency in any mock or practice setting particularly regarding those of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation  (CPR); 2) Carry out intervention program (s) as it pertains to either an individual or group of patients with cardiopulmonary etiologies incorporating cultural differences and beliefs in the assessment process; 3) Provide primary care to patients with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders and properly address cardiopulmonary concerns that may affect the expected functional outcomes; 4) Independently or collaboratively provide care to a cardiopulmary patient to maximize patient functional outcomes; 5 ) Integrate the responsibilities for the management of care based on the patient's goals and outcomes that would include adhering to legal practice standards and institutional regulations; 6) Effectively direct physical therapy recourses, in both written and verbal formats, to provide productive high quality plans of care involved in cardiac rehab; 7) Demonstrate purposeful interactions with patients, families, and other healthcare providers in order to promote quality care; 8) Describe, discuss, and design cardiac and pulmonary strategies for effective rehabilitation in the homecare setting following acute or chronic conditions; 9) Engage in screening, prevention and wellness programs appropriate to physical therapy; 10) Foster optimal health by exploring and providing information related to age, gender, and lifestyle; 11) Demonstrate professional behaviors through effective use of time or providing pro bono services in order to meet the patient's needs; 12) Communicate, expressively and receptively, with individuals engaged in physical therapy practice, research, and education including consumers, payers, and policy makers in cardiac rehab; 13) Evaluate studies involving research, education, technology, legislation, and technology; 14) Demonstrate the development and process of clinical decision-making, reasoning, judgment, and the implementation of safe guidelines as it pertains to cardiac rehab; 15) Apply the diagnostic process consistent with practice policies and procedures synthesizing data to complete a physical therapy evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and assessment of functional outcomes for cardiac rehab patients referred by other healthcare professionals; 16) Perform and prioritize appropriate evaluations of aerobic capacity, endurance, ventilation, pain, respiration, cardiac changes, airway clearance techniques, and exercise prescriptions for cardiac patients across the lifespan; 17) Evaluate and assess prosthetic requirements for functional outcomes for patients to include education and monitoring the patient’s response as it relates to patient’s age and current medical status; 18) Prescribe and teach an effective acute rehabilitation program and establish goals for patients with cardiovascular/pulmonary needs for discharge to the homecare setting; 19) Achieve a minimal level of proficiency in assisting in a Phase I and II cardiac rehab program in assessing heart rate, EKG readings, chest assessments and exercise prescriptions; 20) Assess adjustments to the intervention program in treating cardiac patients to gain effective patient outcomes; 21) Propose changes in patient's position or posture to improve cardiopulmonary vitals and pulmonary clearing; 22) Provided a case scenario, select and demonstrate airway clearance techniques (e.g., postural drainage, percussion, vibration, and cough assist) for best patient outcome.

Assessment Measures

May include but are not limited to:

Written examinations and  submission of written journals

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

February 10, 2014