Rehabilitation Following Catastrophic Injuries: Where Do We Go From Here?

Description: The coordination of post-acute care discharge planning for catastrophically injured patients who require ongoing rehabilitation services can be daunting. The rehabilitation landscape is complicated; admission criteria and overall rehabilitation goals very among long-term acute care (LTAC), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF), IRF Centers of Excellence (COE) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Evaluating a patient’s needs and matching them to the appropriate level of care is a critical function that requires appreciation of fiscal, psycho-social (including family support) and medical factors. This presentation will provide case managers, social workers, and the care planning team with evaluation tools to successfully triage patients with complex rehabilitation needs, manage family emotion and expectations while coordinating rehabilitation options best suited to optimize patient outcomes and improve quality of life.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate level of rehabilitation based on the evaluation of the patient physical needs.
  • Correctly identify the rehabilitation treatment needs, care timeframe, and appropriate facility based on injury.
  • List 2 strategies to manage patient and family emotions and expectations when faced with a potentially life-altering prognosis.

    Instructors: Nikki Sedam MS, OTR/L

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

    Note: 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.

    Continuing Education Credits


    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 0.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

    In order to receive contact hours nurses must watch the entire webinar and complete the evaluation. They must also complete a post-test with a minimum passing score.
    Occupational Therapy:

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 7133. This distance learning independent webinar is offered at .05 CEUs [introductory, Foundational Knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

    Physical Therapy: This online course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 0.5 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 0.5 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 0.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours. Sponsor License #159001466.

    Speech-Language Pathology:

    Course Director’s and Planning Committee Members’ Disclosure Information:
    Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP Has nothing to disclose.
    Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT Has nothing to disclose.
    Leslie Marriott, OTR/L, BCP Has nothing to disclose.
    Pamela Pfeifer, MS, RN, NPD-BC Has nothing to disclose.
    Speakers, Moderators and Panelists’ Disclosure Information:
    Nikki Sedam, OTR/L Has nothing to disclose.
    Basic Computer 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 version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
    • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
    • Speaker or headset to listen to recorded audio files
    • Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators
    • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.


    Online Learning Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Physician Assistants Physicians Social Workers Speech Language Pathologists