The Physical Therapy Assistant functions under the direct supervision of the Physical Therapist and as directed by a licensed physician, is responsible for a specific patient's care. The PTA assumes responsibility and accountability for providing physical therapy modalities and treatment procedures as determined by a treatment plan established by a Physical Therapist in order to restore function and prevent disability following patient illness or injury. The PTA carries out these responsibilities in accordance with established hospital and departmental policies while maintaining the highest degree of quality patient care.
Under guidance of supervising PT: Acquires pertinent information and implements comprehensive program using varied techniques and treatment activities; reviews and modifies treatment in response to changing patient needs; identifies equipment and discharge needs.
Is aware of patient injury/diagnosis and takes all necessary precautions for observing indications and contradictions.
Assists the patient in the preparation for treatment/modality as necessary.
Provides treatment to diverse diagnostic populations and completes supporting documentation according to hospital policy and State Practice Act.
Applies the physical agents, therapeutic exercises or gait-training activates as outlined by the licensed PT, in the patient POC. Progresses patients in an appropriate manner when deemed necessary by the PT.
Conducts the class/group situations (stroke, SCI, BI) as appropriate.
Observes treatment affect, accomplishment of short and long term goals and recommends change to the supervising PT, if needed.
Complies with department, hospital, and regulatory agency guidelines with respect to ethics, legal issues and supervisory relationships. Demonstrates professional accountability per APTA Physical Therapy Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Completes timely and accurate documentation, including QI scoring, of patient treatment in the patient medical record as indicated
Assesses patient pain interfering with optimal level of function of participation in rehabilitation; makes appropriate interventions to reduce pain after consulting with supervising OTR/L and makes appropriate physician contact as indicated.
Instructs care giver/family members in home exercise program as related to the patient's functional and ambulatory status: discusses necessary equipment for the home situation.
Protects patient confidentiality in regard to medical, emotional, and social status.
Keeps the supervising therapist informed of patient's status, problem areas, progress, etc.
Records daily charges within day of treatment
Writes progress notes in accordance with departmental policy.
Develops home programs and instructs patients in the programs as delegated by the supervising physical therapist.
Current state licensure as a Physical Therapy Assistant.
Previous experience in the care of patients preferred.
Job : Physical Therapy Assistant Primary Location : WI-Madison-CHC Payroll - Madison Rehab Hospital Organization : 6783 - CHC Payroll - Madison Rehab Hospital Shift : Day