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Addressing the Challenges of Early Mobility

April 13, 2013

Course description:

Join us for an exploration of the culture and ways to approach both real and perceived barriers of early mobility. Topics will include evidence based practice with a focus on team collaboration for critically ill patients across the acute care spectrum. Discussions incorporate equipment management, lab values, vital signs, complicating conditions using case scenarios and open discussion.

Course objectives:

Participants will be able to:

Course Outline

8:00-8:30                     Registration

8:30 – 10:00                Introduction to acute care diagnoses and equipment

10:00 – 10:15              Break

10:15 - 11:45               Hemodynamics, lab values, pharmacology

11:45 – 12:00              Break

12:00 - 12:30               Advocating mobility and mobility protocols


Chris Truskowski is a 1985 graduate of Marquette University. She also received her Masters in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis in 1999. She developed her critical care skills at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center from 1985-2002, where much of her clinical time was spent in the ICU and cardiopulmonary units. She began teaching as an assistant professor at Carroll College from 2002-2005 and continues to lecture to students in area PT programs today in the areas of pulmonary and critical care. She has returned to full time clinical practice since 2002 as a staff physical therapist at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital where she is part of a multidisciplinary team who are developing an early mobility protocol for all patients in the MICU.

Kim Gebauer has a BS degree from Carroll University in Fitness Management and a MPT degree from Marquette University. She has worked at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee for the last 16 years, specializing in Acute Care/Critical Care Physical Therapy. She is a guest lecturer at Marquette on the topic of Heart Disease and Exercise, and is a lab instructor in the Exercise Science Program. Two years ago she successfully designed and implemented an early mobility protocol in the VA ICU.

Lisa Mueller received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Marquette University in 2009. Since that time she has worked in a medical respiratory intensive care unit at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she completed an early mobility protocol. Lisa is also a contributing writer for the Advance for PT and PT Assistants website and magazine.

Ann Franz, Ph.D., P.T., CSCS, is a professor of PT at Concordia University where she teaches courses in pathophysiology and cardiopulmonary PT/acute care. She received her BS/PT degrees at UW-Madison, and her Ph.D. in Cell Biology/Anatomy from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her clinical background has been primarily in acute care and she continues to practice this clinically at Froedtert Hospital.

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Registration fee - $120
$100 for MU alumni, MU CIs and WPTA members

Approved for 4 CEUs.

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