Patient Care Evaluation
One of the roles of shift supervisors and charge therapists is the evaluation of all therapy instituted in the General Care Areas. The initial evaluation is to include a brief patient history, the oxygen saturation, vital capacity, mental status, cough ability and respiratory rate. Based on this data , the patient is placed in one or more of the following protocols: Secretion Management, Bronchodilitation, Atelectasis Prevention/Pulmonary Hyperinflation or Airway Management. Within these protocols the therapist has the ability to titrate care to the appropriate level necessary.