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Topics addressed in the new resources include when a PT should tell patients to cancel an outpatient visit and factors to consider when providing remote school-based services as part of an IEP.

Topics addressed in the new resources include when a PT should tell patients to cancel an outpatient visit and factors to consider when providing remote school-based services as part of an IEP.

Two new resources from APTA can help PTs, PTAs, and students looking for more detailed, profession-specific guidance related to providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic: one focused on general PT management of patients, and a second that specifically addresses pediatric physical therapy.

The general guidance resource provides perspectives on issues such as when a PT should tell patients not to come in for their outpatient PT visits, as well as management of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in inpatient facilities, home health settings, experiencing post-intensive care syndrome, and in need of wound care. The guidance also includes information on preparation of physical space to reduce infection risk, use of PPE, and helping patients to stay active while at home.

The pediatric physical therapy resource is directed at PTs and PTAs who manage these patients, especially in school settings. Topics include school closings and IEP services, remote learning, and a discussion of factors that need to be considered in providing pediatric physical therapy via telehealth.

Both guidance documents will join frequently updated resources available on the APTA Coronavirus webpage, which include practice guidelines for physical therapy and COVID-19 in the acute hospital settings.


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