Physical therapists are increasingly being asked to provide evaluation and management of patients in the emergency department (ED) setting. As part of the emergency department team, physical therapists have the opportunity to collaborate in the care of patients with a wide range of acute and chronic problems coming from the neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular pulmonary and integumentary systems. The physical therapist in the ED serves a critical role in screening for appropriateness of care, consultation with other practitioners, and in the direct care of patients.
Incorporating Physical Therapist Practice in the ED
Considering providing physical therapist services in an Emergency Department? Review the Emergency Department Toolkit (.pdf) and the resources below to learn how to incorporate physical therapist practice in the ED.
Resources on the Benefits of PT Services in the ED