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Acute Care Vestibular Rehab: Back to the Basics

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

(9:00 PT / 10:00 MT / 12:00 ET)

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$25 for Member
$40 for Non-member

60 minutes

Ohio Physical Therapy Association


Acute Care, Dizziness, Vestibular Rehabilitation


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Dizziness is a common patient complaint complicating acute care rehabilitation services, with multiple contributing etiologies. Often therapists feel at a loss in how to help patients with vestibular-related complaints. This virtual presentation is designed to equip the acute care therapist with the knowledge and confidence to perform a basic vestibular assessment, identify appropriate interventions, and convey indicated referrals for discharge. Participants will learn to differentiate between central and peripheral causes of vestibular dysfunction, as well as screen for potential contributors from cardiovascular function and medications. Evidence from recent research will inform best practices utilizing screening tools to assist with providing patients appropriate care. Information shared is designed to be utilized immediately and add to efficiency within the complex and demanding setting of acute care therapy.

Upon completion of the course, the attendee will:

  • Have an increased understanding of the benefits of vestibular rehab in an acute care setting to decrease healthcare costs and ED visits.
  • Have improved ability to differentiate between different causes of dizziness including central, peripheral, cardiovascular, and medications related causes of dizziness.
  • Be knowledgeable about initial screening assessments as well as basic tests and treatment to complete in the acute care setting to assist in identifying the potential causes of dizziness allowing for improved efficiency of patient education and referral to outpatient providers.
  • Be given additional information/resources providers can provide to their patients to increase knowledge and understanding of vestibular rehabilitation.

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Sara Rismiller, PT, MPT, NCS

Sara Rismiller PT, MPT, NCS has proudly served as a physical therapist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center... Read More

Megan Sweeney, PT, DPT

Megan Sweeney, PT, DPT received her doctorate in Physical Therapy at Wheeling Jesuit University and has proudly served as a... Read More

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12:00-12:45: presentation; more information will be provided in a few weeks
12:45-1:00: Q&A

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