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PT for Survivors of COVID-19 (CAD)
Monday, June 14, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Category: District Meetings

The COVID-19 pandemic has been widespread in all populations from which physical therapists receive referrals for treatment. Physical therapists must be prepared to recognize and treat post-COVID sequelae whether the symptoms present directly from a known COVID infection or as a remote association with prior symptomatic or asymptomatic presentation of the disease. 1.5 CCUs 

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe basic pathophysiology of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 illness;
2. Describe body systems affected by COVID-19 infection;
3. Design a thorough subjective and physical examination incorporating the variation in possible post-COVID syndrome presentations;
4. Demonstrate ongoing assessment of vital signs and tracking of symptoms during examination of the COVID-19 survivor;
5. Identify signs of activity and exercise intolerance that may be a prognostic indicator of a prolonged recovery;
6. Rank the top 3 most impactful post-COVID functional limitations identified in your examination;
7. Design a prioritized PT intervention plan to address the 3 primary post-COVID related activity and/or participation limitations.

Ann Pharr, MS, PT, ScD, GCS is an assistant professor and assistant director of clinical education for the South College School of Physical Therapy, a hybrid accelerated DPT program based in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Pharr graduated from Baylor University in 1990, completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University-Dallas in 1993, and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2018. Dr. Pharr’s doctoral dissertation was an educational course regarding updates in surgical techniques and physical therapy management of total joint arthroplasties. Dr. Pharr obtained her Geriatric Clinical Specialist board certification in 2019. In addition to serving as assistant director of clinical education, Dr. Pharr is primary faculty at South College DPT for Management of the Aging Adult, secondary faculty for Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary Management, and lab faculty for Integumentary Management. Dr. Pharr lives in Georgetown, Texas, and maintains a clinical practice presence at an acute care hospital. She has been in practice mainly in the acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings for the last 28 years. Current research interests include primary care physician follow-through with annual falls screens for aging adults and clinical performance of DPT students after pandemic-related changes to onsite lab experiences.

Nicole Miranda, PT, DPT is a physical therapist based in Denver, CO. She has been in practice for over 25 years and worked at Texas Children’s Hospital and TIRR Memorial Hermann in the mid-90s through 2002. Her clinical practice extends across the lifespan in acute care, outpatient rehabilitation, private practice and home health services. She joined the hybrid accelerated DPT program at South College, based in Knoxville, TN as a part-time assistant professor in 2020 and continues to serve as affiliate faculty at Regis University in Denver, CO since 2005. Dr. Miranda completed her tDPT at Regis University in 2008 and completed her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA in 1995. She has been an invited presenter at the 2018 and 2020 Dysautonomia International meetings addressing the role of physical therapy in managing dysautonomia. Dr. Miranda has recent peer reviewed publications regarding evaluation and management of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Concussion, and Headache. She currently provides physical therapy weekend and overflow coverage at South Valley Physical Therapy, PC in Denver.

Sarah Harrison, PT, DPT, CCS earned her DPT from the University of Washington in 2011 and has extensive experience in the acute care hospital environment, as well as inpatient rehabilitation and cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. She completed a Fellowship in Critical Care Physical Therapy at the University of Chicago in 2014, going on to help train staff and develop early ICU mobility and rehabilitation programs in hospitals in Chicago, Denver, and Seattle. She earned Board Certification in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy in 2016 and has assisted with cardiovascular and pulmonary education as well as burn and integumentary education at several DPT programs in Illinois, University of Colorado in Denver as well as the South College DPT program from 2015-2018. She has specialized training in burn rehabilitation including wound care, casting and splinting, and has experience in 3 different burn centers in Seattle and Chicago. As core faculty at South College, Dr. Harrison seeks to bring the perspectives of many experiences from different regions of the country and different areas of PT practice. Having seen the significant racial and socioeconomic disparities present across the country in both patients and employees in healthcare settings, she has a special interest in fostering diversity, equality, and inclusion in the future of the physical therapy profession.

6:00-7:30 - Introduction and CCU Presentation


Registraion is part of the attendance process, you must register before the deadline in order to receive credit.

Additional Locations
Live Online Only

Cancellation Policy 

Additional Information and Registration
You must register for the meeting. Registration is used in the attendance verification process. Registration closes at noon (CST) on 6/14/2021. In order to receive credit, you must be logged in for the full course and complete the course evaluation here. Credits will be issued no later than June 30, 2021. Please allow until then for processing. You will log in to the same account used for registering to retrieve your transcript. Please wait until after that date to contact TPTA if your CCUs have not posted on your transcript. Please check your email, including SPAM folder for your confirmation that includes the meeting login information. The subject of the email is "PT for Survivors of COVID-19 (CAD)".

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Contact: Keri Jackson, PT at [email protected]