The Effects of Bed Rest: 2 Hours (.2 CEUs)

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Course Description:

Over 35 million Americans are hospitalized each year with an average stay of 4.8 days. Extensive bed rest can cause negative physiological effects on a patient; physical therapists play a crucial role in assisting these patients and families during recovery. This course reviews the biomechanical and physiological changes that occur in the human body during any prolonged supine position.

This course is presented in an online PowerPoint® format with audio lecture for each slide. Approximate length to take the course, including audio lecture and all written material, is 2 hours.

Course Outline

The Effects of Bed Rest
2 Hours
Presenter: Harold Rodner, MD
1. Risks of Bed Rest
2. Orthostatic change
3. Sarcopenia
4. Back Pain
5. Autonomic Changes
6. Fluid changes
7. Skin changes
8. Muscle Atrophy
9. Vascular changes
10. Atelectasis
11. Contractures

Presenter: Harold Rodner, MD

Dr. Rodner is a practicing physician in Southfield Michigan and licensed physician since earning his degree from Wayne State University in 1964.  He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine in 1970 at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan after serving in the U.S. Navy Medical Corp.  During his years as an Internal Medicine Physician, he held many positions and professional appointments, such as Section Chief of Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital, Medical Director at Sinai Hospital, and Medical Director at Lakeland Rehabilitation Center in Michigan. He has been a practicing primary care physician throughout that time.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you will have a better understanding of the following:

  1. To provide the Physical Therapist with an understanding of the physiological changes that occur with bed rest especially in the patient hospitalized resulting in adverse outcomes.
  2. To demonstrate the important role the Physical Therapist plays in preventing these untoward results from happening.
  3. Understanding the role of the Physical Therapist in the Intensive Care Unit to prevent
    the effects of bed rest.
  4. To understand the biomechanic changes that occur in the lumbar spine during bed rest.

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants
Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate
*Handouts available for downloading/printing to all courses.

Take Course $39
30 Days Unlimited Access