The Physical Therapist conducts physical therapy evaluationsand conducts prescribed physical therapy programs to assist patient participationin tasks to restore, reinforce and enhance physical performance and facilitatelearning of skills essential for adaptation of an altered lifestyle. ThePhysical Therapist (PT) is responsible for working with other healthprofessionals in achieving goals related to meeting the individual's maximumfunctional abilities following a life altering illness or disability.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Underthe direction of a licensed physician, the therapist develops and implementspatient treatment consistent with the objectives of the interdisciplinarytreatment plan by performing comprehensive assessments, establishing realisticand measurable short and long term goals, and initiating appropriate actionsbased upon evaluation findings.
2. Thetherapist implements appropriate treatment techniques to maximize patientfunction, promote healing and adjustment of disability. Treatment techniques include but are notlimited to exercises, heat, water, light, electricity, massage jointmobilization, gait and functional training, wound dressing, sharp debridement,use of orthopedic and prosthetic devices.
3. Adaptsconventional therapy techniques to meet the needs of patient. Adaptations are based on the patients’ andfamilies’ physical and cognitive capabilities, intelligence level, interests,and discharge plans.
4. Providespatient care in a safe and therapeutic environment by maintaining the privacyof the patients and families.
5. Provideseducation to the patients and family members from admission to discharge byproviding individualized instructions to maximize function.
6. Ina timely manner, documents patients’ evaluation progress, interim assessments,and discharge summaries with updated goals. Updates, modifies, and prioritizes goals based on evaluations andre-evaluation of findings.
7. Independentlyplans and arranges for patient discharges through communication with theinterdisciplinary team; discharges patients with appropriated home programs,durable medical equipment, and referrals to other health care professionals.
8. Demonstratescompetency and knowledge of current standards of practice within theprofession.
9. Recognizeslimitations and makes appropriate referrals to other therapists or health careprofessions.
10. Performsadministrative duties such as scheduling of patients, charges, and patientdocumentation in an accurate and timely manner.
11. Participatesin staff and intern orientation/training.
12. Engages incontinuous quality improvement activities to evaluate compliance to standards,policies and procedures, and identifies strategies to improve patient care.
1. Graduate from an accredited physical therapy program.
2. Licensed as a physical therapist in the State ofLouisiana.
3. CPR Certification required within 30 days of hire
PHYSICALDEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
• Medium Work as defined by the U.S. Departmentof Labor constitutes a maximum lift of 21-50 pounds on occasion and/or amaximum lift of 11-25 pounds on a frequent basis
• Maybe required to assist in the turning, lifting, or moving patients as well as
walking about from patients’ rooms, aswell as to and from various hospital areas
Diseases And Disorders