The Physical Therapist Assistant (Clinical)/PTA) works under the supervision of a physical therapist to provide services that promote the prevention, remediation and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical dysfunction. The PTA participates with the physical therapist in planning and implementing complex treatment programs and applies physical therapy procedures to patients under the general supervision of a physical therapist. Duties include, but are not limited to: 1. Under the general direction of a physical therapist, the PTA assists with a preliminary review/examination of patient data (including medical history), compiles and organizes pertinent information, and develops/presents a patient profile to assist in assessing patient's status and ascertaining patient's need for therapy services. 2. Assists with development of treatment goals under the supervision of and collaboration with a physical therapist. 3. Administers patient treatments. The incumbent of this position, with guidance of the Physical Therapist, implements a program relating to the treatment of typical patients. He/She displays competence in using a full range of modalities including heat, cold, sound, electricity and massage. Treatments provided by PTA include, but are not limited to, range of motion, gait training, muscle strengthening, coordination, endurance, postural balance, transfer training (with/without orthosis, prosthesis), therapeutic exercise, massage, all electrical modalities, traction, TENS, EMS high and low voltage, family training and home program. The PTA instructs, motivates and assists patients in learning and improving functional activities such as perambulation, transfers, daily living activities and advanced exercise techniques. 4. Coordinates/interfaces with others. Fits patients for, adjusts and trains in use of orthoses, prostheses and supportive devices such as crutches, canes, walkers and wheelchairs. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, confers with the physical therapy staff and other health team members individually and in conference to exchange, discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying and coordinating treatment programs and discharge planning. Supervises volunteers, aides and non-physical therapy students. Monitors treatment administered by physical therapy assistants through peer review. Performs various tasks such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, compiling statistics and computer data entry for scheduling of individual patients. The incumbent schedules and administers treatment in a manner that the patient will receive maximum benefit from therapy. He/She must be able to demonstrate tact and patience, and maintain an appropriate attitude in order to contribute to the physical and mental well being of the patient. Incumbent must also gain each patient's confidence and cooperation and provide patient health education in a manner understood by the patient. 5. Documents information. The incumbent of this position is able to recognize and report orally or in writing to his/her supervisor any unusual reactions, contraindications or possible inappropriate treatment of assigned patients. At all times, incumbent must maintain vigilance in order to prevent injury to the patients from overdosages, falls or unwise activity. Incumbent practices universal precautions. 6. Maintains equipment and work areas. The incumbent is responsible for the proper order of the treatment area, such as sanitation, safe use of mechanical equipment and its proper working order, as well as preparation of the treatment area and instructions to patient such as correct positioning before treatment. The incumbent may also be involved in such duties as taking inventory, ordering supplies, materials and equipment for clinic or patient use. 7. Provides guidance/supervision. Provides support to other physical therapy assistants. Supervises volunteers, physical therapy aides and non-physical therapy students and personnel. 8. Takes active role in development and monitoring of section specific quality measurement activities to the extent of not only gathering data but ability to determine patient treatment and projected outcome in order to increase the usefulness of the monitor as need occurs. Work Schedule: Full time 7:30 - 4:00 Monday - Friday and Tuesday - Saturday alternating weeks Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599532800
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