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  • October's Here! Welcome to National Physical Therapy Month

    Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

    During National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), APTA will provide plenty of ways for you to participate in bringing attention to the profession, including a public education campaign to debunk 7 of the most common myths about physical therapy set to launch during the second week of October.

    In the meantime, here are 3 offerings you can take advantage of right away:

    • Download a NPTM e-mail block (a quick and easy graphic that you can insert below your signature line in e-mails) to let everyone know why October is so special. It's easy to do, and it looks great!
    • Visit the APTA marketplace during NPTM, where members save 20% off everything while supplies last.
    • Let the world know how you're honoring physical therapy—share your posts, photos, and videos on social media by using the ‪#‎PTmonth‬‬ hashtag. ‬

    Visit www.apta.org/NPTM for everything you need to create your own NPTM activities. Resources include the 2014 NPTM logo, fact sheet, event planning guide, sample news release and proclamations, and much more. Other resources can be found at MoveForwardPT.com, APTA’s official consumer information website.

    Utah Once Again Gets Top Ranking as Best State for PT Practice; Colorado and Minnesota Not Far Behind

    For the second year in a row, Utah has been declared the best state in which to practice physical therapy, followed by Colorado and Minnesota. The rankings—and the explanations behind the rating system—appear in this month's issue of PT in Motion, APTA's member magazine.

    The rankings were derived from an analysis of 7 factors: well-being and future livability, literacy and health literacy, employment and employment projections for physical therapy, business and practice friendliness, technology and innovation, compensation and cost of living, and physical therapist/physical therapist assistant/student engagement with APTA.

    "Unlike last year, Utah didn't rank first in any specific category—demonstrating that consistently strong numbers across the board is the real key to overall ranking success," writes PT in Motion Editor Donald E. Tepper in the article.

    The article includes explanations of the measures used to rate each factor, as well as a breakdown of ratings for the top 20 states. Rounding out the top 20 were Nebraska, Idaho, Virginia, Iowa, Washington, Arizona, Alaska, South Dakota, Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

    Hardcopy versions of PT in Motion are mailed to all members who have not opted out and to subscribers; digital versions are available online ahead of print to members.

    CDC: Ebola Outbreak in US Highly Unlikely

    The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States sparked plenty of anxiety-producing headlines, but health experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the chances of an outbreak in the US are almost none.

    CNN, the Washington Post, and nearly every other media outlet reported that a man was diagnosed with the virus in Dallas, Texas, a few days after arriving from Liberia. Initially, the man brought himself to a Dallas-area emergency room, but his symptoms were not connected to Ebola and he was sent home. When he later returned to the hospital feeling worse, he was isolated and the diagnosis confirmed.

    Because Ebola does not become contagious until an individual begins feeling ill, passengers on the flight the man took from Liberia are in no danger of contracting the disease from him, health officials said. Instead, health workers are investigating contacts he may have had with family and others in the US after he showed signs of sickness.

    CDC officials believe that the way the disease is spread—through direct contact with the body fluids of people showing symptoms—makes it unlikely Ebola cases would grow in the US as they have in West Africa, where the World Health Organization estimates that over 3,000 have died. Experts believe that isolation resources, infectious disease protocols, and investigative capabilities in the US can minimize the spread of the disease.

    Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, was quoted as saying that "It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here."

    The CDC has been adding to its website on Ebola as the West African outbreak continued, and now offers a wide range of resources including infection prevention and control recommendations for health care facilities.

    Infectious disease control should never be an afterthought. Check out APTA's resources at its Infectious Disease Control webpage.

    International Meeting on Neurology and Rehabilitation Coming in June

    Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have an opportunity to get a global perspective on rehabilitation for neurological patients June 4-6, 2015, when the International Neurology and Rehabilitation Meeting (INEREM) is held in Istanbul, Turkey.

    The upcoming INEREM will devote time to smaller workshops that will allow for more dialogue among participants, and will feature clinical practice topics as well as information on innovations. The meeting will bring together specialties including neurology, rehabilitation, and medicine from different cultures and health care systems.

    Registration and accommodations information can be found on the INEREM website. The INEREM organizing committee is also accepting abstract submissions for presentations until March 14, 2015. For more information, e-mail opteamist@inerem.com.