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Occupational Therapy in the ICU: Complex Populations

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$55 per participant

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Course Description

Delirium, an acute and sudden change in mental status, occurs in up to 80% of ICU patients and has devastating consequences like functional decline and increased length of stay. Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) are also encountered in the ICU setting, resulting from commonly seen medical issues like cardiac arrest, encephalopathy, sepsis, and COVID-19. Occupational Therapists working in the ICU setting are uniquely qualified to assess and treat these complex patient populations. The use of holistic, client-centered care, combined with knowledge of assessment tools, positions the Occupational Therapist to detect even subtle cognitive changes that may otherwise go undetected. 

Good patient outcomes require early intervention. Current literature supports the early introduction of Occupational Therapy for critically ill patients, demonstrating safety and feasibility in all ICU environments, and contributing to improved functional recovery and increased quality of life. In this seminar, there will be an in-depth look at the current and emerging roles of the Occupational Therapist with Delirium and DoC. Therapists will be provided with useful clinical knowledge to prevent, assess, and treat these patients. There will be a review of current literature, assessment tools for use at bedside, and evidence-based interventions. Case studies will be used to enhance concepts and deepen clinical knowledge. The level of this course is intermediate.

*This course is an extension of Occupational Therapy in the ICU: Essential Skills for Clinical Practice.

Course Instructor

Megan Meringolo has been a practicing Occupational Therapist within the acute care setting for the last 15 years. Megan specializes in program development for rehabilitation of the medically complex and critical care patient populations. She developed and implemented an OT-specific ICU Competency model within the NYU Langone healthcare system. Her specialty areas of practice include Disorders of Consciousness, Delirium, and Face Transplant. In 2020, she helped lead a team of Occupational Therapists through the COVID-19 pandemic. Megan is an author and continuing education speaker. Notably, she is the primary author of the Transplantation chapter in AOTA’s text, Occupational Therapy in Acute Care, as well as numerous OT Practice and AOTA Specialist Interest Section articles. Most recently, she was published in Neurocritical Care for her work with rehabilitation from Disorders of Consciousness after COVID-19.

Course Outline
  • Brief review of the ABCDEF bundle

  • Review of delirium prevalence and current challenges

  • Discussion on the role of the Occupational Therapist in prevention, assessment, and treatment of delirium

  • Review of Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) prevalence and current challenges

  • Discussion on the role of the Occupational Therapist in evaluation and treatment of DoC

Course Schedule
  • On-Demand. Learn at your own pace!

Course Locations
Continuing Education Credit







Gold Standard Seminars, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 11249. This distance learning-independent activity is offered at 0.2 CEUs intermediate, OT service delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


This course offers 2.0 contact hours of category A, formal courses with direct upper extremity content for OT or PT towards the Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) recertification.

This course meets the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Standards of Quality for Continuing Education Offerings (BOD G11-03-22-69). Please save your course certificate and outline to submit for CE credit to your state and/or local licensing board.

For other professions, this course counts as 2.0 contact hours of professional development. Please save your certificate and course outline to submit to your national, state or local agency for continuing educating credit. 

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Learning Outcomes
  • Identify and screen patients at risk for delirium using standardized assessment tools

  • Implement nonpharmacological strategies for delirium management 

  • Identify and evaluate patients with Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) using a standardized assessment tool

  • Implement treatment strategies to promote increased arousal for patients with DoC

  • Identify strategies for increased family/caregiver involvement 

Recommended Course Participants
  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapy Assistants

  • Physicians

  • Physicians Assistants

  • Nurse Practitioners

ADA and Special Requests

Please contact Gold Standard Seminars  prior to purchase to discuss any particular needs and/or requests.

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