Rehabilitation for Bariatric Patients: A Team Approach

Description: This webinar will provide interprofessional team members with information about the bariatric patient population, specifically national statistics on obesity and how it relates to healthcare practices, medical recommendations for treatment, and intervention strategies for mobilization.  Providers will gain better understanding of their role in the interprofessional team approach for treatment planning, equipment management for mobilization of the bariatric patient, equipment needs, and discharge recommendations one can expect for patients with obesity as a comorbidity. This webinar will conclude with a panel discussion highlighting several case examples.

Presenters: Kelcey Bines, MSOT, OTR/L, BCPR & Elizabeth Strehlow, PT, DPT
Panelists: Benjamin Friedman, MD & Anna Mirkin, LCSW

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:  

  1. Demonstrate safe monitoring of a patient’s response to exercise to help facilitate mobilization of the bariatric patient in the rehabilitation hospital setting.
  2. Identify safe treatment positions and mobilization techniques for bariatric patients in a rehabilitation hospital setting. 
  3. Describe appropriate, discipline-specific evidence-based assessment tools, outcome measures and interventions across the bariatric spectrum.
  4. Interpret discharge recommendation considerations for all bariatric patients from a rehabilitation hospital setting.

Successful Completion: Participants will watch the on-demand recording in its entirety and complete an attendance verification and assessment in the Academy Learning Portal. You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Audience: Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Social Work and Speech-Language Pathologists

Continuing Education:


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE is being offered for 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Occupational Therapists:

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 8194. This distance learning independent webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Foundational Knowledge]. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Physical Therapists: This online course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours.

The following states require continuing education units or contact hours with no state specific approval: CT, IA, and WA

Social Workers: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is registered by the State of Illinois to sponsor continuing education programs for social workers.
This program will award 1.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours.
Sponsor License #159001466.

Speech-Language Pathologists:

Course Directors and Planning Committee Members:
Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP - Has nothing to disclose.
Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT - Has nothing to disclose.
Leslie Marriott, OT - Has nothing to disclose.
Pamela Pfeifer, MS, RN, NPD-BC - Has nothing to disclose.
Speakers, Moderators and Panelists:
Kelcey Bines, MSOT, OTR/L, BCPR - Has nothing to disclose.
Benjamin Friedman, MD - Has nothing to disclose.
Anna Mirkin, LCSW - Has nothing to disclose.
Elizabeth Strehlow, PT, DPT - Has nothing to disclose.

Technology Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported.

High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 
Additional requirements include: Web browser: latest stable version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, JavaScript and Cookies enabled, Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators, Do NOT use Internet Explorer as it is not supported.

      Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter or email or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


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