Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association

Annual Rehabilitation CEU Conference - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Managing A Patient with Chronic Lung Disease

  • Saturday, November 14, 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Loyola University Maryland Graduate Center; 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045 - Room 360/362


  • Standard Rate from October 15, 2015

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Annual Rehabilitation CEU Conference

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Managing A Patient with Chronic Lung Disease

Presented by: Nikki Krueger, PT, COS-C

About the Conference

COPD is one of the leading diagnoses for hospitalization and re-hospitalization. It is imperative for clinicians to be competent and confident in treating this population in the home.  This lecture/lab course will provide a thorough, evidenced based, approach to the examination of a patient with COPD. Then we will discuss how to intervene on what was found during the examination.   If you found that the patient was an upper chest breather, what do you do? If you found that the patient had an ineffective cough, what do you do about it? After we teach you each technique, we take time to break up and PRACTICE! We will have lab instructors there to work with each group of clinicians and provide hands-on assistance to help you feel comfortable with these techniques and interventions.  Hopefully by the end of the day you will walk away feeling ready to treat this population confidently and ready to help this patient stay out of the hospital as long as possible!

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Participants should wear lab clothing, as we will be practicing the examination and intervention techniques on one another.  Also, please bring your own stethoscope for auscultation.

Program Objectives


  • Identify vesicular, abnormal and adventitious lung sounds
  • Describe appropriate tests and measures used for diagnoses of COPD
  • Demonstrate standardized scales used to assess a patient with COPD and how to integrate into treatment
  • Demonstrate hands-on examination skills to assess the patient with COPD
  • Demonstrate hands-on examination skills to treat the patient with COPD
  • Describe basic concepts of pulmonary medication regimen
  • Describe the importance of the interdisciplinary approach and what each discipline can offer the patient with COPD
  • Discuss appropriate Palliative Care and Hospice referrals based on qualifying criteria

Who Should Attend?


About the Speaker

Nikki Krueger, PT , COS-C

Nikki Krueger, PT, MPT, COS-C, has been a practicing physical therapist for 14 years, 9 of which have been in the home health setting.  While Nikki has worked with a variety of patient populations, both in age and in diagnoses, most of her practice emphasis has been in the realm of cardio vascular and pulmonary physical therapy.  In addition to clinical practice, Nikki had been adjunct faculty at Rockhurst University for 5 years, and Southwest Baptist University for 4 years, assisting with the “Management of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Patient” course. Nikki currently works as part of the St. Luke’s Homecare and Hospice Quality Resources Department where her responsibilities include developing and teaching ongoing clinical education related to OASIS accuracy/outcomes/process measures, as well as disease processes. Nikki is a Certified OASIS Specialist – Clinical (COS-C) through OASIS Answers, Inc.  Nikki has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1999. She is currently a member of the Home Health Section, for which she previously served as the Education Committee Chair, and is actively a member of the Geriatric Section and the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section, for which she previously served as the Programming Committee Chair.   Nikki has been a member for the Kansas Physical Therapy Association since 2002, for which she has served as the past Membership Committee Chair and past Secretary.

Approved CEUs

This course has been approved for 7.5 contact hours by the Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy Practice and 0.7 CEUs by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

Registration will open at 7:30 a.m.

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Cancellation Policy

Fees will be refunded, or invoices will be adjusted, only if written notice of cancellation is received two weeks prior to the workshop.  In the event of cancellation, MNCHA will retain or charge $20 of the initial registration fee per registrant to cover administrative overhead. Once written cancellation is received, a staff member will review for approval. If your cancellation is approved, we will email back a signed and dated copy of the cancellation that your agency should retain on file in case of questions.

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