Physcial Therapist Assistant
Company: Yale New Haven Health
Location: New Haven
Posted on: May 13, 2020
To be part of our organization, every employee should understand
and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our
Values. These values - integrity, patient-centered, respect,
accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as
individuals and professionals, every day.
Under the supervision of a physical therapist, implements treatment
programs according to the plan of care, educates patients in
treatment techniques and documents the treatment program and
progress in the EMR. Works effectively with other members of the
health care team to ensure the safe achievement of therapy
* 1. Reads all physical therapy documentation, including initial
examination and plan of care, noting goals and expected outcomes,
indications, contraindications, precautions and safety
considerations for the patient. Seeks clarification from physical
therapist, as needed. Monitors medical record for changes in
medical status and/or medical procedures. Communicates to the
physical therapist when there are significant changes in the
patient's medical status, physician referral, or when the
criticality and complexity of the patient is beyond the knowledge,
skills, and abilities of the PTA.
* 2. Provides physical therapy interventions consistant with the
plan of care. Assures safety of patient and self throughout patient
* 3. Provides therapeutic exercise, which may include: - Aerobic
Capacity/Endurance Conditioning or Reconditioning - Balance,
coordination, and agility training - Body mechanics and postural
stabilization - Flexibility exercises (Range of motion, Stretching,
eg, Passive, Active, Mechanical) - Gait training - Neuromotor
development training - Strength, power, and endurance training for
head, neck, limb, trunk, and ventilatory muscles - Relaxation (with
respect to delivery of an intervention)
* 4. Provides functional training in self-care and home management,
which may include: - Activities of daily living (ADL) training (Bed
mobility and transfer training; Activity specific performance
training) - Device and equipment use and training - Injury
Prevention or reduction
* 5. Provides Manual therapy techniques: - Therapeutic Massage -
Soft Tissue mobilization - Passive range of motion
* 6. Provides application and adjustment of devices and equipment
which may include: - Adaptive devices (e.g., hospital beds, raised
toilet seats) - Assistive devices - Orthotic and prosthetic devices
- Supportive devices, e.g., Compression garments; Elastic wraps;
Soft neck collars; Slings; Supplemental oxygen
* 7. Utilizes breathing strategies/oxygenation, e.g., Identify
patient in respiratory distress; Reposition patient to improve
respiratory function; Instruct patient in a variety of breathing
techniques (pursed lip breathing, paced breathing, etc.).
* 8. Ensures Integumentary protection: - Recognize interruptions in
integumentary integrity - Repositioning - Patient education - Edema
* 9. Consistant with the plan of care safely utilizes
electrotherapeutic modalities (e.g., TENS, FES, etc), physical
agents (e.g., hot/cold packs, ultra sound, paraffin, etc), and
mechanical modalities (e.g., compression therapies, mechanical
motion devices,traction devices, etc)
* 10. Determines patient's response to the intervention, uses
clinical problem solving skills in patient care and, in
collaboration with the physical therapist modifies interventions to
improve patient response.
* 11. Provides patient education using a variety of teaching
strategies during patient instruction. Provides clear instructions
(eg, verbal, visual) and various methods to enhance compliance
(e.g., handouts). Determines patient response/understanding of
* 12. Provides accurate, reproducible, safe, valid, and timely
collection and documentation of data to measure the patient's
medical status and/or progress within the intervention (e.g., ROM,
MMT, Pain, etc).
* 13. Documents patient care in the EMR using language that is
accurate, complete, legible and timely. Identifies and communicates
with the physical therapist when further documentation or cosigning
is required. Maintains compliance with HIPAA regulations.
* 14. Instructs other members of the health care team, using
established techniques, programs, and instructional materials,
commensurate with the learning characteristics of the audience.
Educates colleagues and other health care professionals about the
role, responsibilities, and academic preparation and scope of work
of the PTA as appropriate. Participates, as necessary, in the
education and orientation of PTA students and new staff
* 15. Demonstrates efficient time management.
* 16. Provides accurate and timely information for billing and
* 17. Performs other duties as required to ensure efficient
operation of the department and hospital.
* 18. Source document from the American Physical Therapy
Association: MINIMUM REQUIRED SKILLS OF PHYSICAL THERAPIST
ASSISTANT GRADUATES AT ENTRY-LEVEL BOD G11-08-09-18
Associate Degree from an APTA accredited Physical Therapist
Assistant program. Temporary CT licensure is acceptable (A Current
CT licensure within 4 months of hire)
Experience relevant to the assigned practice environment
CT Licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant required.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work
effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to lift 40 pounds and work with patients of varying sizes
using safe body mechanics
Must have a current state of Connecticut Physical Therapist
Experience in Acute Care preferred.
Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including, holidays,
weekends and evening hours.
Alternate work schedule.
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