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Clinical Reasoning in Critical Care
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When: May 19, 2015
6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Where: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Dr
Houston, TX  77007
United States
Presenter: Christiane Perme, PT, CCS
Contact: Christina Gomez, SED 2nd Vice Chair

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Therapists working with patients in ICU face complex challenges as there are few hard and fast rules when working with the critically ill. These patients frequently develop limitation and deterioration of functional status. Yet, for selected patients in ICU, early mobility and physical activity can lead to an increase in functional capacity and improvement in quality of life. It is also possible to have an associated decreased length of hospital stay and subsequent reduction in hospital costs. This class is designed to introduce the concept of early mobility and physical therapy for critically ill patients and to discuss the clinical reasoning that is required to practice in this setting.



By the end of the course, participants will:
1.Identify critically ill patients who can benefit from physical therapy.
2. Discuss the importance of early mobility for critically ill patients.


Speaker Bio:

Christiane Perme, PT CCS is a 1981 graduate from the Catholic University in Brazil. In 2005 she became a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. Mrs. Perme is currently the owner of Perme ICU Rehab Seminars and a Senior Physical Therapist at the Houston Methodist Hospital, where she has practiced for the past 28 years with a variety of complex acute care patients. She is also staff lecturer for Motivations, Inc. and Education Resources, Inc. Mrs. Perme has 11 articles published and is co-author in 9 book chapters.

Mrs. Perme has extensive clinical experience in treating adult patients in Intensive Care Unit. She is well known for her contributions to early mobility in ICU and her special interest for patients requiring mechanical ventilation. She is an experienced speaker nationally and internationally with presentations at the World Physical Therapy Congress in Spain (2003), Canada (2007), and Netherlands (2011). Mrs. Perme has also lectured in other countries including Brazil (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015), Nigeria (2011), and Russia (2014).


This course is approved for 1.0 CCUs.


Registration Fees:

PT/PTA Members:  Complimentary

PT/PTA Non-Members:  $10.00

Students:  Complimentary



5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Registration/Check-In/Networking

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM - SED Business Meeting

6:45 PM - 7:45 PM - CCU Offering


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