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ERI Offers Support for PTs and OTs with Free Online Course “Lines, Tubes, Ventilators, and Diagnostic Screening for Stability v. Instability”
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ERI Offers Support for PTs and OTs with Free Online Course “Lines, Tubes, Ventilators, and Diagnostic Screening for Stability v. Instability” 

As healthcare workers, many physical and occupational therapists are finding themselves serving on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at ERI, we know firsthand the instrumental roles therapists play in our healthcare system and are dedicated to arming them with the information they need to treat and care for critically ill patients. 

Effective immediately, ERI is offering the online course “Lines, Tubes, Ventilators, and Diagnostic Screening for Stability v. Instability” at no cost to therapists. This 3.5 hour, intermediate, CEU approved course was filmed at a “live” ERI course and is taught by acclaimed faculty member Steve Sadowsky, an ABPTS Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist. The web-based course is easily accessible from any computer and appropriate for therapists working with adults in acute care, chronic care, home care, and rehab. 

The course covers the various functions of common lines, tubes and drains seen in the ICU and acute care setting. Emphasis is on when to initiate and progress activity in these patients, and how to work with this equipment based on the patient’s responses. Participants will learn about the different types of ventilation, how to use the exertion scale in this context to facilitate early mobility, determine the frequency and intensity of treatment and progress the patient safely based on current evidence, as well as many practical suggestions for working with nurses on carry through.

Thirty years ago, ERI was founded by two physical therapists with the goal of improving patient care by enhancing therapists’ knowledge and skill levels. Today, we honor that goal by standing beside our healthcare workers and therapists as they bravely serve on the frontline in these difficult times.

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