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The 2011 Clinical Impact Symposium Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Across the Continuum, held December 6-8 in Louisville, Ky., offered some great information on providing patients the highest level of care.

Cardio-Pulmonary Clinical Impact Symposium “The clinical guidelines for long-term care and rehabilitation have evolved gradually and changed considerably over the last several years,” he says. “Skilled nursing facilities have sometimes lagged behind. Dr. Pandya provided some easy-to-follow instructions and tools that will help those facilities to better manage their patients with diabetes.”

Sean Muldoon, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Hospital Division, Kindred Healthcare, says that the “hazards of immobility that lead to polymyoneuropathy” theme was a common one during several of the sessions. “This validates the Kindred model of integrated restorative services, which will lead staff to update these findings with renewed determination into hospital care models,” he says.


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Dr. Daniel Forman’s presentation on cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation highlighted the need to get people up and moving after surgery. “If people can be mobilized rapidly, even when they’re in the ICU, it will speed their recovery overall,” Rothman says. “Hearing that we can do rehabilitation on such debilitated patients, even in the ICU, was inspiring.”

Chris and Kara Mohr did a motivational presentation titled Taking Care of Yourself: The Healthcare Provider. “The session by Chris and Kara Mohr showed that employees can’t take care of patients to the best of their abilities unless they’re taking care of themselves,” says Muldoon. “We learned from the Mohrs that there are rapid benefits that come from small increments of exercise and better dietary choices. Those small changes can be implemented at any time,” he says.

Both Rothman and Muldoon believed the Clinical Impact Symposium to be a huge success. “The symposium was phenomenal,” Rothman says. “It was really well attended by clinical leadership.” Muldoon adds, “We have had tremendous positive feedback from the 2011 symposium and anticipate an equally robust symposium for 2012.”

By Ryan Squire