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PTs and PTAs are critical members of the health care teams in hospital settings.

From acute care to rehabilitation, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are part of the collaborative care team in various hospital settings.

Physical therapists are increasingly part of emergency departments.

The APTA Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy is dedicated to those who share a common interest in acute care.


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5 Reasons Why I Love Working in a Military Health System

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I'm a PT at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and I love my job.

Reflecting and Coping With End-of-Life Care

May 30, 2019 / Perspective

The intensive care unit  is a rare and rewarding environment to encounter physical therapy.

New White Paper Presses for Consistent Mobility Assessments, More Outcome M...

Oct 9, 2018 / News

There is little consistency in the ways hospitals assess and promote movement, and almost no acknowledgement of mobility as an outcome measure. That needs to change, and soon, say authors of a new white paper.

APTA Report: Direct Access Widespread, But With Barriers

Oct 20, 2017 / News

Most of the use is occurring in private and hospital-based outpatient clinics and group practices.

APTA Part of the Effort to Save Rural Hospitals

Oct 12, 2017 / News

Hospitals that serve rural areas are disappearing. APTA is supporting efforts to stop and even reverse that trend.

Fairytale Physical Therapy

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We have found a way to bring a fun, emotional escape for children in hospitals.

Analysis of Hospital System's LE Joint Replacement Bundling Programs

Feb 15, 2017 / Review

If the experience of one hospital system is any indication, facilities have reason to expect overall Medicare expenditures to drop.

PTJ: Hospital Finds Nearly 16% of Scheduled PT Sessions Don't Happen

Jan 19, 2017 / Review

Authors of the study say that's too many.

Early Rehabilitation for Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Jun 17, 2016 / Article

This summary highlights the PT's contributions to examination, prognosis, and intervention as well as collaboration with other members of the health care team for patients in the ICU.

Better Sooner and Later: Prehabilitation

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There's growing evidence that adding a "p" to rehabilitation improves patient outcomes pre- and postsurgery and following cancer treatments-and saves money, too.