OT/PT

August 28, 2007 at 9:03 pm 3 comments

This is a funny story about people who are absolutely clueless as to the role of occupational and physical therapy. Often, when orders are made for OT in acute care, PT is also requested as part of the consult. It doesn’t mean the patient even needs one or the other, but sometimes doctors just check it off as they go down the list of orders on the computer. Also, before some patients can go home, they need to be consulted by OT and PT.

Anyway, a fellow OT co-worker of mine was getting ready to see a patient who was awaiting approval from OT to be able to be discharged home when the nurse saw her coming. She got all excited and said, “OT/PT is here!” Mind you, it was just the OT that was there, but this nurse saw so many patients being treated by both OT and PT, they somehow all got rubbed into one word: OTPT!

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Entry filed under: acute care, occupational therapy, OT, PT.

I made a splint! Welcome

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  • 1. Karen  |  August 30, 2007 at 2:33 am

    OTPT!!!!!!! Is it kinda like the OTPF????? It is really neat to watch you transition from student to therapist. Keep up the stories, I love them. And btw, congratulations on making your own splint!!

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  • 2. Karen  |  August 30, 2007 at 2:39 am

    I totally posted this comment on Set a Man on Fire first because he is a male OT dude whose name is too close to yours. Oops. Embarassing. So here is what I put over there:

    hanks for your comment about not killing patients. And don’t ever apologize for a comment being long, you are talking to the most long winded person on this entire planet. AHAHAHAA. I agree with you, definitely, that it is important to know what to do and what not to do. (Although even your description was overwhelming to me!!!) But when you’re listening to a Powerpoint a year away from what you’re doing, it’s hard to understand what EXACTLY not to do. I guess I think the lessons should be drilled into you every once in a while in school and then much more strongly right as you start rotation when you are actually seeing and understanding what is in front of you.

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  • 3. Merrolee  |  September 6, 2007 at 5:45 am

    HI Aishel
    Sounds like you are doing well with your first job as an OT… will be back soon to add in more comments – have had a bit of a blogging holiday and not even had gmail open to see when my ‘friends’ are online for a chat… hoping work will settle down soon so I can be more active in the OT blogging community again….

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