Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

April 25, 2020

Nearly 18,000 individuals in the U.S. sustain a traumatic Spinal Cord Injury each year. Additionally, while non-traumatic SCI can be difficult to track, it is estimated to be roughly the same amount as traumatic injuries per year.

The care of persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) requires an interdisciplinary approach across the continuum of care. Providers should be aware of current evidence and care techniques for both traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury across the continuum from initial injury, medical complications, many phases of rehab, and community reintegration.

The 6th annual Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Rehabilitation will introduce and review a variety of topics relevant to persons with SCI. Topics will focus on areas important to all team members, throughout the continuum of care.

Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation will address, through lectures and discussion, the treatments and strategies employed at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.

Conference goals are in line with the missions of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute to advance health, expand knowledge, and improve care through research, teaching rehabilitation services, and medical care.

Target Audience

Nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, case managers, physiatrists/physicians, fellows, and residents involved with the acute care and rehabilitation of persons with spinal cord injury are encouraged to attend.

Learning Objectives

1.   Attendees will describe current evidence based practice trends related to specialty populations and specific comorbidities of SCI that are outside of the typical SCI rehabilitation

2.   Attendees will identify resources for individuals with SCI to obtain and utilize assistive technology for everyday activities, community reintegration, and rehabilitation activities.

3.   Participants will define the roll of various disciplines in care and rehabilitation of the individual with SCI who has acquired a pressure injury.

4.   Participants will describe the roll of various team members in coping and mental health for the patient with SCI as well as the prevention of self and team burnout.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 7.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 7.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
02/03/2019
Course expires: 
12/31/2020
Event starts: 
04/25/2020 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
04/25/2020 - 5:00pm
Cost:
$1.00

Program Schedule

7:15—7:45 am

Registration Opens

 

7:45—8 am

Welcome

Amanda Harrington

Rachel Hibbs

Elizabeth Stanley

8—9 am

Self-Care: The antidote to burnout and compassion to fatigue

Erin Commendatore

9—10:30 am

Pressure Injury Management: Surgery, Sitting Protocols, and So Much More

Dawn Wang

Jessica Berry

Rachel Hibbs

10:30—10:45 am

Break

 

10:45—11:45 am

Patient Panel: Assistive Technology Use to Increase Independence in Everyday Life

Moderators: Randy Huzinec

John Coltallero

11:45 am—12:45 pm

Lunch

 

12:45—1:45 pm

Roundtable Sessions

1. Pain—John Horton

2. Autonomic Dysreflexia and Hypotension: Finding the Delicate Balance—Geoffrey Henderson

3. Community Resources for Individuals with SCI—Matthew Tayloe

4. IADL Tips and Tricks with Upper Extremity Impairment: Make Up, Nail Polish, and More—Barbara Zerbee and Danielle Karhut

5. Wheelchair Cushions: What are the options and how to get them covered—Joe Straatman

6. Gone Fishing: An Adaptive Recreation Program—Charlene Subrick

1:45—2:45 pm

Interdisciplinary Management of SCI Resulting from Metastatic Disease

Andrew Thurston

Denise Verosky

Amanda Harrington

Joe Everhart

Anna Lewis

2:45—3 pm

Break

 

3—4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

1. Wheelchair Skills Training: An introduction to clinical implementation—Rachel Hibbs and Lynn Worobey

2. Bowel and Bladder Management: Equipment, patient and caregiver education, and troubleshooting—Mallory Wolfendale, Amy Katz, and Kala Chan

3. Review of the ISNCSCI Exam (Formerly Known as ASIA) —Melissa Michaluk

4:30—4:45 pm

Adjourn

 

UPMC Mercy, Clark Auditorium
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Faculty Listing:

Course Directors

Amanda Harrington, MD
Assistant Professor, UPMC PMR
Director, SCIM Fellowship
Director, Spinal Cord Injury Services

Rachel Hibbs, DPT
Clinical Research Therapist, University of Pittsburgh PMR Model Systems Center
UPMC Mercy Rehab Institute, SCI Program

Elizabeth Stanley, DPT
Physical Therapist, Centers for Rehab Services
UPMC Mercy Rehab Institute, SCI Program

Presenters

Jessica Berry, MD
Attending Physician, SCI Program
UPMC Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Kala Chan, RN, BSN
Staff Nurse, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute

John Coltellaro, MS
University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Center for Assistive Technology

Amy Duplessis, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Centers for Rehab Services
UPMC Mercy Rehab Institute

Joseph Everhart, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist, Centers for Rehab services
UPMC Mercy Rehab Institute

Julie Gallagher, DPT
Physical Therapist, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Rehabilitation Unit

Geoffrey Henderson, MD
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellow, UPMC

John Horton, MD
Assistant Professor, UPMC Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Randall Huzinec, PT
Physical Therapist, Centers for Rehab Services
UPMC Mercy Rehab Institute

Danielle Karhut, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Centers for Rehab Services
UPMC Mercy Rehab Institute

Anna Lewis, MSW
Social Worker, Palliative Care
UPMC Mercy

Melissa Michaluk, DO
Attending Physician
UPMC Susquehanna Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Lonna Perella, RN, BSN
Spinal Cord Injury Clinician
UPMC Rehab Institute

Rebecca Russell, DPT
Physical Therapist
Virginia Commonwealth University SCI Rehab

Joseph Straatman, OTD, ATP
University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Center for Assistive Technology

Charlene Subrick, PT
Physical Therapist, Centers for Rehab Services
UPMC Mercy Rehab Institute

Matthew Taylor
Membership Director, Transitional Paths to Independent Living

Andrew Thurston, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Internal Medicine
Medical Director of Palliative Care, UPMC Mercy

Denise Verosky, MSN, RN
Director of Supportive and Palliative Care
UPMC Mercy

Dawn Wang, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery
Chief of Plastic Surgery, UPMC St. Margaret’s

Co-Director, Center for Nerve Disorders at UPMC

Mallory Wolfendale, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Centers for Rehab Services
UPMC Mercy Rehab Institute

Barbara Zerbee, COTA
Occupational Therapy Assistant, Centers for Rehab Services
UPMC Mercy Rehab Institute

Erin Commendatore, MA.Ed/CN
Program Manager, Lifesolutions EAP

Accreditation and Designation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 7.25 contact hours.

Other health care professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

The University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy is a pre-approved provider of Continuing Education in Pennsylvania, and this course is approved for 8 units of General Access CEUs.

Available Credit

  • 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 7.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 7.25 Attendance

Price

Cost:
$1.00
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Due to COVID-19, the Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation is being cancelled. All paid registrations will be refunded. For more information, contact Jessa Darwin at jcd79@pitt.edu or 724-833-6066.