Practice strives to provide tools and resources to support the safe and effective provision of physical therapy services in all settings.
APTA staff have developed resources for members to guide care and access financial assistance during the Public Health Emergency (PHE).
APTA’s Learning Center has several “learning on demand” resources available for both members and non-members at no cost. In addition, several no cost live webinars are being offered.
Many states and cities are relaxing rules. Click here for an up-to-date list of reopenings.
HandLab has published some great resources for protecting therapists and patients. They have published instructions for fabricating a plexiglass shield for clinic use. See the detalils here.
Having trouble explaining the SARS-CoV-2 virus to patients? This YouTube video is one of the best I have seen for explaining how the virus invades and commandeers cells and how possible therapies may work.
Here is another example using PVC pipe courtesy of Dewane Jubara, PTA from Ohio.
Should masks be worn with face shields? This study may be helpful for convincing you or your employer of the importance of using both. Face shields for infection control: A review
Guidance for laundering exposed clothing It is highly recommended that outpatient providers wear short sleeves to avoid carrying the virus on clothing and change clothes prior to leaving the clinic in order to avoid contaminating others. Dangling necklaces, scarves, bracelets, watches and rings should be avoided and long hair should be held up and back with barrettes, etc.
Congratulations to APTA staff and members (like you!) who reached out to your legislators to advocate for modification of the requirements for providing telehealth! It is very important for therapists providing these services to review the information on the link below and follow CMS’ requirements, in part, so we can demonstrate responsible use and efficacy of telehealth. Appropriate execution on our part could lead to legislative support for permanent adoption. APTA has resources describing eligibility, HIPAA, billing/coding and other recommendations.