August 2020
IPC Visual Guide and Checklists
As we continue to see COVID-19 case numbers rise across the province, physiotherapists need to remain vigilant in their use of measures to control the spread of the virus. This visual guide will help registrants to monitor their compliance with recommended measures on an ongoing basis.

Good Practice: Medication Management
The term medication management encompasses the provision of medication assistance, involvement in medication reconciliation, and furnishing medication advice to patients (regarding both prescribed and over the counter (OTC) medications). This article will look at the entry-to-practice education and training physiotherapists receive, what on the job knowledge they may gain, and the role physiotherapists may play in medication management activities.

Research in Focus: Efficacy of Kinesio Taping in Treatment of Shoulder Pain and Disability
Several studies have reported on the effectiveness of Kinesio taping in the management of shoulder pain. The purpose of this study was to systematically review and complete a meta-analysis of the evidence related to the clinical effectiveness of Kinesio tape compared with other treatments in the management of shoulder pain and disability.

Member Spotlight: Team Players in the ICU
This month, Physiotherapy Alberta shines our member spotlight on two physiotherapists who work in critical care in the province. Sara Yeo and Sharon Boitson share a full-time position on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Foothills Medical Center (FMC) in Calgary. I sat down (virtually) with Sara and Sharon to talk about their experiences as physiotherapists working in a busy ICU.

Self-Selected Activity: Wrapping Up

Renewal is just around the corner, here are some tips for the Self-Selected Activity and completion of your Practice Improvement Record.

2020 College-Selected Activity: IPC Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

COVID-19 disease transmission prevention measures must be responsibly managed by physiotherapists. For this reason, the 2020 College-Selected Activity requires you to demonstrate your actions to DO. LEARN. GROW. your COVID-19 infection prevention control knowledge and competence.

Get Back Up Marketing Campaign
Since Alberta’s Stage 2 Reopening, Physiotherapy Alberta’s Council recently identified the need to let Albertans know physiotherapists are open with appropriate measures in place to provide safe care during this pandemic. On August 3, 2020 the “Get Back Up” campaign was launched.

Discipline Decision on Sanctions
The Hearing Tribunal of Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association conducted a hearing on sanction involving Eran Gilboa, a regulated member of the College on May 25, 2020. The full decision on sanctions can be found here.
Public Member Representation
On July 6th, the Government announced amendments to the Health Professions Act, requiring all regulated health colleges to increase public member representation on their Councils, Hearing Tribunals and Complaint Review Committees to 50 per cent of the total members, up from 25%.

Time to Renew

Regulated members may now renew their practice permit for the 2020/2021 registration year. While your current practice permit does not expire until September 30, 2020, you must renew by midnight September 15 to avoid paying the $130 late fee.

College Conversations Podcast

Listen to the College Conversations Podcast wherever you get your podcasts, available on Spotify, Google Play and Apple Podcasts.

Want to get caught up? Listen from the beginning, all episodes are also available in Physiotherapy Alberta's eLearning Center!
Episode 14
Date: July 15, 2020
In this episode, Jody and Leanne discuss one of the Standards of Practice that typically gets little attention, the Legislative Responsibilities Standard. The second half of the episode provides a more detailed discussion of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which has recently garnered attention in the physiotherapy community. We also talk about the rationale for the increase in OHS inspections, link to tools to help you prepare for an inspection and direct you to additional workplace safety program resources.

Fundamentals of Physiotherapy Management of Multiple Sclerosis
Date: September 17, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m.

This session will discuss the fundamentals of physiotherapy practice when working with people with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
  • A review of the neuropathology of MS including presentation, variable disease progression, and medical management.
  • The importance of tailored interventions to address impairments and functional limitations.
  • Exercise prescription and the management of fatigue and thermosensitivity when exercising.
  • The implications of aging and age-related comorbidity for people with MS.

Presenter: Herb Karpatkin, PT, DSc, NCS, MSCS
Upcoming Webinars

Physiotherapy Management of Traumatic Elbow Injuries
Date: October 15, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m.

Physiotherapy Assessment of Post-mastectomy Pain Syndrome
Date: November 26, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m.
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