Seminar Detail

Pediatric Treatment in Acute Care: From Early Mobilization to Discharge Decisions
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Your work with children in the acute care setting is so critical and, at times, incredibly complex. The challenges you face are vast, as it’s an overwhelming environment from equipment and lines to finding the most appropriate treatment approach with significant differences in patient ages and diagnoses.

While the risks can be high, the reward is even higher.

Overcome those hurdles you face every day and watch more and more of your patients transfer out to a step-down unit in the hospital or home by applying what you experience in this dynamic seminar.

With Molly Rejent as your guide, an experienced occupational therapist who has worked with kids in acute care for many years, your confidence will increase by familiarizing yourself with the latest assessments and treatments within this complex and specialized area. Develop skills to initiate evidence-based interventions such as early mobilization from the beginning of the hospital admission process or age-appropriate strategies for a myriad scenarios. Refine your ability to create a discharge plan after your first encounter. Confidently navigate tricky ethical issues you will face by examining case studies of real-life situations encountered in the care of critically ill children.

Designed for all practice levels, from the new grad to the veteran acute care practitioner, this interactive course will provide you with the tools to make assured, knowledgeable decisions within the PICU and acute care environments.

Sign up today for your chance to enhance your work within the acute care setting so you can bring the highest quality of care to those medially complex patients.
  1. Classify the team’s role within acute care, as well as common and unique medical equipment, lines and precautions.
  2. Define the important differences between adult and pediatric ICUs and how that impacts treatment.
  3. Select appropriate assessments and treatment strategies depending on age, diagnosis, and level of acuity.
  4. Create dynamic functional goals for patients at all levels of their acute care stay.
  5. Identify ethical issues of therapy in the PICU and how to avoid making mistakes.
  6. Discuss case studies of acute pediatric patients from assessment to treatment to set your patients up for success in the continuum of therapy upon discharge.

How treatment is impacted by not treating pediatric patients as “little adults”
  • Examine the similarities and differences of ICUs
  • What diagnoses you might encounter
  • What age range will you see?
  • Treatment decisions that might negatively affect the outcome of your patient depending on your approach
Define who does what in the PICU & Acute Care
  • Delineation of roles – who makes what decisions?
  • Navigate acute care culture successfully – how it is unique and how it can vary from hospital to hospital
  • How to build a solid team
Effective techniques you can use immediately when facing:
  • Lines and equipment
    • Figuring out their purpose
    • What can cause grave danger if dislodged or pulled
    • How to work around it
    • What do you need to watch out for?
  • Medications
    • What you might find
    • How does it affect treatment?
  • Social situations and caregiver engagement
    • How it can affect your care toward the patient
    • Tips on improving trust and assurance
  • Case Studies
Treatment frequency and goals
  • How to determine intervention per level of acuity
  • When to change your treatment plan
  • Navigate when therapeutic roles overlap – determine who does what
  • How do you know when to adjust your treatment for the changing levels of acuity?
  • Trying not to “overthink” the patient
  • Case Studies
Comprehensive strategies to navigate patient and caregivers
  • Ethical concerns with caregivers and patient level of acuity
  • Responding to concerns and reality of the caregiver
  • Overcome compassion fatigue – knowing when to take a break
  • Case Studies
Putting it all together
  • Evaluation and treatment strategies for real-life scenarios and patients
  • Taking a patient from chart review to assessment and treatment planning
Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants


Molly Rejent, MOT, OTR/L, is a pediatric specialist who has provided pediatric occupational therapy for over 18 years. Experienced in a broad range of pediatric settings including school-based home health/early intervention, outpatient, acute care and inpatient rehabilitation, Molly combines her passion for working with the whole child and her expertise in creative and individualized treatment of most medically complex cases.

Molly resides in Saint Louis, MO and is a senior member of the rehabilitation services team at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. There she manages a full acute care caseload with medical teams in Critical Care, Neurosurgery/Neurology, Cardiothoracic Surgery/Cardiology, and General Pediatrics, while also balancing three hand-specialty outpatient clinics per week. She is a member of the clinical team who launched an innovative pediatric cardiac rehab program, as well as a former adjunct professor in the Program in Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University. Molly received a BA in Psychology and a Master of Occupational Therapy for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Molly Rejent has an employment relationship with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Molly Rejent is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This course qualifies for 6.0 CE Credit Hours.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 6.0 hours for completing this program.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists must complete the post-test and evaluation within two weeks of attending the live event if they would like their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts section of the online program.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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