Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology in the Emergency Department: Specialty Consult Services to Enhance the Care of Older Adults

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2021

Institution/Department

Emergency Medicine, Nursing

Journal Title

Emergency medicine clinics of North America

MeSH Headings

Aged; Emergency Service, Hospital; Health Services for the Aged; Humans; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy Specialty; Professional Role; Referral and Consultation; Speech-Language Pathology

Abstract

The rehab services of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology (PT/OT/SLP) are areas of emerging practice in the emergency department (ED). These specialty consult services can provide ED physicians with valuable, nuanced assessments for the older adults that will assist in determining a safe discharge plan. PT and OT interventions in the ED have been shown to decrease hospital admissions and readmissions, increase patient satisfaction, and decrease cost. Rehab specialists provide physicians with an expanded scope of management options that can greatly enhance the care of patients in the ED.

First Page

419

Last Page

427

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