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Physiopedia is hosting another exciting student project with Bellarmine University in the USA. This project, led by Dr. Elaine Lonnemann & Dr. David Pariser, is due to start in early February 2010 and will cover the pathophysiology of complex patient problems.
Pathophysiology of Complex Patient Problems explores signs and symptoms that emerge when homeostasis is disrupted, and addresses medical and physical therapy management of patient problems consequent to the underlying pathology. The dysfunctional states or disorders discussed in this course may include nutritional, infectious, gastrointestinal, hepatic, endocrine, metabolic, renal, genitourinary, autoimmune, connective tissue, dermatology, hematology, oncology, and immunodeficiency. The effects of age, gender, and ethnic factors on the pathology, manifestation of patient problems, and patient management are considered. The multiple effects of pharmacological intervention are addressed, including therapeutic effects and effects on patient cognitive and psychomotor abilities in physical therapy. We are looking forward to reading the content that the students produce, they have already come up with some very interesting topics to discuss!
If anyone has a group of physiotherapy or physical therapy students that would like to contribute to this project, Elaine is open to discussions about collaboration, so please do get in touch.
Each month we will focus on an area of physiotherapy that is pertinent to current affairs. During this time we hope that the physiotherapy and physical therapy communities will collaborate within Physiopedia to help those that they otherwise might not be able to help.
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, this month for our first world focus, we are aiming our attention on Amputees. The Haiti earthquake, which is thought to have killed up to 200,000 people, is also estimated to have injured 250,000 more and the number of injuries is increasing steadily. Although no precise figures are available, it is evident that the need is very high and among them about 1/3 will potentially develop secondary disabilities. The lack of professional Physical Therapy in Haiti does not allow proper rehabilitation. One of the biggest needs right now is going to be physiotherapy, in terms of being able to learn to walk again after amputations, after crush injuries and
artificial limb fitting will be needed in Haiti on a massive scale. The country’s lack of healthcare infrastructure means this disability rehabilitation will be difficult to provide.
We appeal to you to share your knowledge on the clinical speciality of amputees and more specifically amputee rehabilitation and prosthetics to build a resource within Physiopedia that the public and health professionals in Haiti can refer to to help each other.